This fall, the 2018 midterm elections will take place, pitting Trump and the Republicans against the rest of us and the Democrats. While Republicans continue to dig their political graves deeper and deeper, Democrats have been preparing for the possibility of becoming the majority party in both houses of Congress, currently enjoying a substantial lead over Republicans in generic Congressional ballot polling.
The legislative branch isn’t the only branch of government in which the president could see his agenda stifled, however, with the Above The Law news site now reporting that Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy have both now hired clerks for future terms.
Justice Kennedy’s law clerk hires cover through the 2018-2019 term, including three Yale graduates from successive years and one apparent graduate of the University of Chicago School of Law. Reports of him filling his staff for upcoming terms come in the face of rumors that Kennedy, an often left leaning centrist, will retire soon.
Justice Kennedy has not hired any clerks for the 2019-2020 term — but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done so in the face of the president having made it clear that he’s eyeing her seat. Justice Ginsburg has hired her law clerk staff for both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 terms — the only Supreme Court Justice to have seemingly already taken care of all of her law clerk staffing needs that far into the future.
Ginsburg, who will soon turn 85, is among those to have been on the receiving end of some of the man who is now president’s infamous taunts.
Back in July of 2016, after Ginsburg criticized him as a “faker,” the perennial man-child Donald Trump spent two days in a row rambling about her on Twitter, writing at one point that she should resign.
Ginsburg, who is said to have been prepared to resign in the case of a Hillary Clinton victory in November 2016, has more recently made her intentions clear to stay on the bench as long as possible. Last October, she said:
‘As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it.’
In the face of this commitment from Ginsburg, it seems as though the president’s takeover of the top level of the federal judiciary has been put on hold for now. Appointing an individual to serve on the Supreme Court is one way for a president to ensure that their legacy is felt for a long time to come, and Trump has managed to get one new member on the Supreme Court since taking office.
Thanks to the obstruction efforts of Senate Republicans, the president was able to appoint Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court early in his administration.
It’s not as though Trump has shown himself to actually care all that much about the nation’s justice system, having repeatedly lashed out at members of it whenever it’s proven to suit him.
His behavior has become so egregious that he has been credibly accused of obstruction of justice for, among other offenses, his abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey last May.
The president has lashed out in the face of his own agenda’s repeated failures, including in the court system.
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