Recent speculation suggests that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may retire before the end of President Trump’s first term in office.
Sworn into the court in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan, Justice Kennedy holds the tie-breaking swing vote and is responsible for making major judicial rulings.
Kennedy has supported both sides of the aisle, siding with liberals on LGBT rights, abortion, and affirmative action, while helping conservatives on matters related to the second amendment and voting.
The potential departure of Kennedy would give conservative Republicans a dominant position in the Supreme Court, as President Trump would undoubtedly appoint a right-leaning justice to fill the vacant seat.
As America’s political climate shifts to the right, the Supreme Court’s status in the near future will be the difference maker in whether or not conservatives will be able to advance their political agenda.