The American public has witnessed some of the most chaotic, infuriating, and incredible television over the last few weeks thanks to the Presidential Debates. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have argued over issues such as border control, international trade deals, and the Islamic State. However, one of the most important issues, the outcome of which hinges on who is elected, has only been brought up for mere moments. This issue is the United States Supreme Court.
In March of earlier this year, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. This has led to opposition from the Republican-controlled Senate, which, has resulted in a stalemate on whether or not Judge Garland will be appointed.
The Supreme Court is responsible for decisions that directly affects the daily lives of Americans with cases such as Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized abortion and gay marriage respectfully. Whoever is elected on November 8th , whether it is Mr. Trump or Secretary Clinton, will be responsible for appointing someone who will decide the way citizens live their lives.
Each candidate has stark differences on what they would be looking for in a potential Justice nominee. In the final presidential debate last Wednesday, Mr. Trump said that he would look to appoint a Justice who would move to repeal Roe v. Wade and leave the topic of abortion up to the states.
The next president very well may be choosing who sees cases that influence the daily lives of Americans for the next three to four decades.
Mr. Trump has provided a list of 21 potential candidates while Secretary Clinton has yet to name anyone or confirm whether or not she will be taking the President’s nominee into consideration. However, during the last debate, when asked about the Supreme Court, Secretary Clinton stated that she would like to see someone appointed who would overturn cases such as the one pertaining Citizens United, which, has to do with campaign finance law and the allowance of “dark money” to play a role in presidential campaigns. Secretary Clinton also mentioned that she would look for someone to update the Second Amendment and add regulations like closing the “gun show loophole.” On the other hand, Mr. Trump said that he would look to nominate a Justice who would leave the Second Amendment alone.
Whoever wins this election will have a major impact on the court as three of the justices are around 80 years old. The next president very well may be choosing who sees cases that influence the daily lives of Americans for the next three to four decades.