The president is willing to do literally anything to legally challenge the presidential election if the results are unfavorable to him on Nov. 3.
Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a representative of Catholic fundamentalism, to succeed the progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is not surprising. Rather, it confirms that the president is willing to do literally anything to legally challenge the presidential election if the results are unfavorable to him on Nov. 3. If the Senate confirms the nomination and a 6-3 conservative majority in the court becomes a reality, Trump will ostensibly have one last tactic — using a string of resources — to obtain from the justices what voters may deny him.
The White House has ignored the advice of traditional Republican thinking to offer the position to Barbara Lagoa, a conservative but not a regressive judge, and has dismissed the possibility of leaving Ginsburg’s replacement up to the winner in November because he intends to use Barrett’s nomination to mobilize extremist voters. The campaign has thus become tense beyond measure, once again transforming the Republican Party into a puppet in Trump’s hands, which is cause for alarm even among some of his supporters.
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