Nothing has been under more scrutiny in recent weeks than the Supreme Court. That’s what makes this announcement so shocking.
And these surprise U.S. Supreme Court additions are leaving Americans absolutely stunned.
The Democrats knew back when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court bench by former President Donald Trump that it was the start of a new era for the Highest Court in the land.
The nomination and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett twisted the knife and added salt to the wound as well.
And they were right. The Supreme Court has been handing down some major rulings over the past two years. The Dobbs decision effectively overturned Roe v. Wade, they’ve shot down multiple attempts from Democrat states to restrict Americans’ Second Amendment rights, and they’ve even shot down the racist idea known as Affirmative Action.
Conservatives are cheering on the return of rational jurisprudence to the Supreme Court that has brought on these utterly massive wins.
But now the focus is on the 2024 election as it may prove instrumental in reshaping the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court more than initially thought.
Justice Clarence Thomas is now 74 years old and Justice Samuel Alito is now 72 years old, with rumors flying around that both may be trying to retire sooner rather than later.
This has opened the door to the possibility that the next President gets the opportunity to nominate one or two Justices to the Supreme Court bench.
2024 Presidential Candidate running for the Republican nomination Vivek Ramaswamy acknowledged this and made a shocking and historic announcement about Supreme Court additions.
Vivek Ramaswamy announced a list of individuals that he says would be fine additions to the Supreme Court Bench, and the list includes Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), as well as a number of existing federal judges.
The list includes:
Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Mike Lee, Judge Justin Walker (DC Circuit), Lisa Branch (11th Circuit), Lawrence VanDyke (9th Circuit), John Bush (6th Circuit), and Thomas Hardiman (3rd Circuit).
Judges Walker, Branch, VanDyke, and Bush are were all appointed during Donald Trump’s first term in office.
Thomas Hardiman was appointed by George W. Bush back in 2007.
What’s noteworthy about this announcement from Ramaswamy is that this marks the first time a major Presidential candidate has released a list of potential candidates that the candidate would choose from if given the power to do so.
“It’s important, when you’re asking voters to select the next president of the United States, that you be as transparent as you can about what you’re going to do,” Ramaswamy said of the announcement.
Ramaswamy says that he would only nominate Ted Cruz or Mike Lee if it didn’t shake up the U.S. Senate and hand the Democrats a majority or leave Republicans an ineffective small majority in the Congressional Upper Chamber.
This announcement is more evidence that Presidential candidates believe they have a real shot at getting to nominate a young, life-long Justice to the High Court.
There’s been no announcements from Justice Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito that they plan on retiring in the next few years.
But if the next President isn’t Joe Biden, then that individual could serve a full eight years and then that possibility of a retirement from those Justices dramatically increases.
Stay tuned to the DC Daily Journal.