link to article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/31/supreme-court-neil-gorsuch-trump-senate-conservative-scalia/97303808/
On January 31st, 2017, Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch into the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia, who died in February, 2016. If Gorsuch is inducted, this can mean a lot of different things for future of the court because he is conservative. Following Scalia's death, there had been a 4-4 split in democrats versus republicans in the Supreme Court system. This caused many setbacks, as judgments often would result in ties on various cases. However, with the possible addition of Gorsuch, he supplies conservatives and republicans alike with the power to overrule democrats' votes, and ultimately win many cases in favor of the right wing.
This connects to when we studied the aspects of the three different branches of government. The Supreme Court is a part of the Judicial Branch; the branch of government that interprets the laws. This nomination, and possible induction, will directly impact how the laws will be interpreted in the future based off of this man's opinion, as he can sway the court since he will supply the conservatives with one extra vote to possibly win over future decisions.
- How do you think democrats and liberals will react to this? (Will they support or disagree with this decision?)
- How do you think republicans and conservatives will react to this? (Will they support or disagree with this decision?)
- How do you think having this "one-up" in favor of republicans will play out in the future of the Supreme Court and in the future of America?
- Why do you think Trump wants this "one-up" within the Supreme Court?