Donald Trump’s political legacy

Consider the number of times we will read or hear the following words in the coming years: “Justice ___, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump, …”

Make no mistake, the three — and, yes, I say three because I don’t believe the Democrats can stonewall the (expected) nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court (and what do you think of her qualifications?) — appointments to the Supreme Court made by Trump over the past four years is a stunning political legacy. And that’s not taking into the account the roughly 200 judges he’s appointed to lower courts.

It’s not unrealistic to project if Trump is re-elected in November that he could complete eight years in office by naming five men or women to the Supreme Court. Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer are of an age where retirement (or something far worse that ought not be wished on any person) could be a realistic option at some point between 2021 and 2024. Should that happen and should Trump’s proposed successors to those men be approved by the Senate, the Supreme Court would tilt overwhelmingly to the right; seven of its nine members would hold conservative views of the law.

Regardless of your opinion of Trump, his political legacy will be (at least) three men and women who will remain entrenched inside Washington years after he leaves the stage. They could wind up altering the political, social and economic structures of the country in far-reaching ways.

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