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Trump predicts he will appoint four Supreme Court justices

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    When president Obama spoke people dissected everything from top to bottom looking for any fault or point of contention. The new guy.... not so much. During the campaign he made fun of a handicapped man. He criticized an overweight woman in a pageant. He poked fun towards a gold star family and it was perfectly fine. Why ? The country - much of it - was so relieved a white man was running.

    Handicapped, women and children were in a category that's usually protected in the minds and hearts of most but the racial lowest common denominator was enough to make all entirely acceptable because it wasn't 4 but instead 8 years.

    He in fact could have killed someone and still been elected because our lowest most shameful side was about to be fed. We aren't as great as many want to suggest. We have a long way to go to become decent.

    This president should receive the vitriol that our last one was subjected to. He never ever does.

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    TJ Wrote: This president should receive the vitriol that our last one was subjected to. He never ever does.

    Unfortunately, a solid chunk of the American population thinks otherwise. A recent Politico poll shows that 46% of voters think the "news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration." 76% of Republicans believe they do, as well.

    This poll shows that Republicans literally live in their own universe. They receive all of their information from right wing sources, which explains why they are convinced Donald is receiving unfair media scrutiny. In their mind Donald is Jesus reincarnate and anyone who disagrees with them is "fake news."

    In an attempt to appeal to the center, other news organizations are bending over backwards to try give equal time to both sides of the aisle, but the only thing that does is cloud the discussion because the vast majority of the right only watch Fox News and go to fringe right-wing websites.


    I don't know what any of that has to do with Donald potentially appointing four or five far right-wing Supreme Court Justices, but I still felt compelled to reply.

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    wwjd Wrote: [commercial beak from The Love\Hate Bernie Sanders show]

    Sorry, wwjd. I know I let my emotions get ahead of me sometimes, but we wouldn't be in this mess if it weren't for Bernie or busters and I have an extremely hard time getting over that fact.

    wwjd Wrote: All the justices will make an effort to wait trump out.

    While any of the justices may be forced to return for health reasons, I don't think a single one of them wants trump make any further nomminations. We may disagree with many of their rulings, but they are sane\rational individuals. They don't want the supreme court to have someone who is a trump\bannon wacko.

    I'm not as convinced as you are, especially when it comes to Anthony Kennedy. Trump bent over backwards in his pandering to Kennedy by nominating Gorsuch to the court. (We should be reminded that Gorsuch clerked for Kennedy.)

    Kennedy may very well decide to retire sometime soon, especially if Senate Republicans retain control after the 2018 midterms. If they don't then I'm sure Democrats will do what Republicans did to Garland and simply refuse to take up any nominee Donald puts forward.

    That's why next years midterms are so important, but I'm not holding my breath because (again, sorry for bringing Bernie up) I'm worried that the two camps in the Democratic Party will continue their war among ourselves instead of voting for people who actually have a chance of winning.

    Add on the fact that the Senate map is horrendous for Democrats in 2018 and you can see why I'm quite pessimistic.

    wwjd Wrote: If trump could, he would nominate himself... I am not joking. He would if he could.

    Oh, he most certainly can. Constitutionally, there's nothing preventing him from doing so.

    Article I, Section 6, Clause 2 of the Constitution states:

    No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been [increased] during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

    Note how that doesn't say anything about the Executive Branch and is included in Article I, not Article II.

    There's also precedent of a President serving on the Supreme Court, albeit a former President. William Howard Taft was President from 1909–1913 and then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1921–1930.

    Now, Donald would have to get confirmed by the Senate and I have a very, very hard time believing that the body would give their stamp of approval. I just can't see Senators Collins, Murkowski, Portman, Flake, or Heller going along with it.

    wwjd Wrote: [now back to The Love\Hate Bernie Sanders show]

    ... don't get me wrong, I very much am entertained by it. We could be start a topic on Mother Teresa, and somehow Bernie Sanders would become the center point of the discussion. :)

    Yea, because Bernie or busters are probably convinced he would have been a much better Mother than Teresa ever was (pun intended).