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Trump’s Supreme Court Justice Dilemma

Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

On September 18th, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court, passed away, leaving a free spot in the US Supreme Court. Before the democrat Ginsburg passed away, she requested that Trump not choose a new Supreme Court justice since he would appoint a more conservative person.

Despite the elections being two months away and Ginsburg’s request, President Trump elected Amy Coney Barett as a nominee for the position.

The news caused indignation among many people since former President Barack Obama wasn’t allowed to pick someone nine months away from the elections. Four years ago, when Obama was president of the United States, the Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in February of 2016. Obama wasn’t allowed to choose a new chief justice due to the elections taking place nine months later, but Trump elected someone two months away. 

There is no doubt that Mrs. Barett is an apt and intelligent person. However, the dilemma is based on the precedent set during Obama’s presidency: in 2016, Obama wasn’t allowed to choose someone in February, but Trump at the end of September nominated someone so quickly after Ginsburg’s passing right before the elections.

The main issue lies in the fact that will no longer be a balance in the Supreme Court since there will be more conservative representatives than democratic ones. The unbalance could cause either good or bad things, as it will be easier for the republican party to pass laws and mandates due to their majority seating in the Supreme Court.

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