President Trump, Justice Sonia Sotomayor
On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he will be retiring from the bench at the end of July.
Kennedy, 81, has been a noted swing vote on the court with his decisions often determine the deciding vote on a court split 4 to 4 between liberals and conservatives even though he was considered a conservative, having been appointed by President Reagan in 1987.
President Trump is reportedly choosing Justice Kennedy’s replacement from a list of 25 judges – the same list he chose Justice Neil Gorsuch from last year.
The President reportedly said he thinks he will appoint four Justices by the end of his first term.
Ginsburg, 85 and very frail is expected to retire from the bench soon which Trump noted; he also savaged Sotomayor for her health problems.
Obama-appointee, Sonia Sotomayor, the self-proclaimed “wise Latina” has suffered from type-1 diabetes since childhood.
The President privately pointed out Sotomayor’s serious battle with diabetes as a reason why she may be leaving the bench soon.
They swear he’s not joking. Sources who’ve spoken to the president about the Supreme Court say he tells them he thinks he’ll have appointed four justices by the end of his first term.
“It’s all about the numbers for him,” one source said.
Asked how he comes to that jaw-dropping number, Trump mentions the obvious: he’s already replaced Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch, and there are rumors Anthony Kennedy will retire.“Ok,” one source told Trump, “so that’s two. Who are the others?”“Ginsburg,” Trump replied. “What does she weigh? 60 pounds?”“Who’s the fourth?” the source asked.“Sotomayor,” Trump said, referring to the relatively recently-appointed Obama justice, whose name is rarely, if ever, mentioned in speculation about the next justice to be replaced. “Her health,” Trump explained. “No good. Diabetes.”
Justice Sotomayor is open about her battle with type-1 diabetes.
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