Elections have consequences. A presidential term may only be four years, but if Donald Trump proved anything with his short tenure in office, it’s that there’s a ripple effect that can mean actions taken in that single term can change the country for generations to come.
In appointing three SCOTUS Justices — a full third of the bench — Donald Trump may have shifted the balance of legal outcomes at the highest court in the nation for the foreseeable future. Among other things, a decidedly more conservative Supreme Court could have nationwide effects on health care, immigration, gun laws, and of course, elections. The current issue, and a major campaign promise from Trump, is access to abortion.
It’s not just SCOTUS, though. This week’s Legal AF podcast from Meidas Touch talks about the consequences — even now,, with Trump removed from office — of some of his other appointees, such as the recent ruling in Louisiana by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty, who paused a vaccine mandate that was specifically for healthcare workers in facilities receiving Federal funding.
“It sounds so ridiculous that we are debating whether a federal agency doling out federal money to federal employees can require them, as part of their healthcare delivery of service, to be clean, to be clean of a virus, to not further infect or propagate the virus,” Michael Popok declares.
The podcast goes on to parse statements by said judge that can be read as indicating a political viewpoint, and a bias in the matter of vaccines and healthcare, as well as other rulings by conservative judges that raise other concerns. You can watch the full episode above, or on YouTube here.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com