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On Tuesday night, President Trump publicly nominated Neil Gorsuch as the 9th Supreme Court Justice. Gorsuch is to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia who passed at age 79 in February 2016.
Many Republican members of Congress are pleased with Trump’s nomination; it gives Republicans a 5-9 majority on the Supreme Court. Trump’s judicial appointment–a critical campaign promise–has many long-lasting implications that will be effective even after Trump’s term has concluded.
Becoming a Supreme Court Justice is a lifelong commitment. Meaning, even if Republicans fail to attain a subsequent Republican presidency and administration, the right-leaning Supreme Court will continue to maintain conservative interests.