Justice Kennedy, who turns 82 in July and is the second-oldest justice on the nine-member court, has become one of the most consequential USA jurists since joining the court in 1988 as an appointee of Republican President Ronald Reagan.
Trumpsaid yesterday he plans to make the appointment "as quickly as possible", and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would hold a confirmation vote in the fall.
"It is imperative that the President's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks", Mr. McConnell said.
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He said Americans want justices who will defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, while Democrats want "judicial activists". "This was only with circuit court nominees". State legislators have taken different approaches over the years, from limiting the circumstances in which women can have abortions, to limiting how abortions may be performed, to piling on hurdles that women must go through.
He is correct. Many like Perkins who have been accused of turning a blind eye to Trump's character issues - alleged extramarital affairs, sympathizing with self-proclaimed white supremacists and habitual deceptiveness - are pointing to the chance to drastically reshape the courts as an affirmation that their political calculation was overall in the best interest of expanding Christian values. For conservatives, this is a time to rejoice.
"There are lots of folks out there who assume because I've not been in line with lots of the president's policies, and certainly haven't condoned his behavior, that I should oppose everything, every one of the president's nominees or whatever". If Trump is able to successfully confirm a conservative judge, it appears as if the court will shift against the liberal wing.
He also has been a key vote when conservatives have won major rulings on the outcome of the 2000 presidential election in favor of George W. Bush, gun rights, limiting regulation of campaign money and gutting a key provision of the landmark federal Voting Rights Act.
Regardless of who replaces him, Kennedy's departure will be a massive change for the high court, where he has been the crucial swing vote for more than a decade.
"The country is moving in the direction of supporting it - that's where history is taking us", she said.
The battle over control of the court has become particularly intense in recent years. Will they have the nerve to reject a justice akin to Neil Gorsuch, who has proved to be dogmatically conservative?