Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is worried that the Supreme Court of the United States has become more fractured over the previous term.
Speaking at a Washington event hosted by Duke University, Ginsburg says the court’s 2017-2018 term was “much more divisive than usual” and was engaged in “far more than the usual number of high-profile disputes.”
Indeed, it was a tough term for liberals who watched the court argue over President Donald Trump’s travel ban, Wisconsin gerrymandering claims, and a Colorado baker’s attempts to refuse service to a gay couple.
Ginsburg says the court isn’t being helped by a lack of friendly camaraderie among members of Congress.
“You don’t see that kind of friendship existing in Congress anymore,” she said. “You might recall that when I was nominated by President [Bill] Clinton, the vote was 96-3. It’s not that way anymore.”
The left already has reason to be concerned after President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh has the ability to shift the SCOTUS’ ruling far to the right.
On a positive note, Hill Reporter noted last week that Ruth Bader Ginsberg has already said she plans to serve for “at least five more years.”
With Donald Trump already selecting his second Supreme Court Justice, all Democrats can do now is sit back and hope no further changes are made to the SCOTUS until another Democratic President is serving in office.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.