One of Donald Trump’s biggest achievements was appointing three new Justices to the Supreme Court during his four years in office.
Some Democrats were expecting Justice Stephen Breyer — who is 82 years old — to retire before 2024.
But Joe Biden is flipping out over this unexpected Supreme Court retirement decision.
Bill Clinton appointed Justice Stephen Breyer to the Supreme Court in the 1990s.
And now, at 82 years old, the Left is urging Stephen Bryer to retire and allow Joe Biden to nominate a younger judge before 2024.
However, Justice Bryer is, so far, refusing to heed to the liberal demands to retire.
In fact, during a lecture he recently delivered at Harvard University, Breyer warned that the Supreme Court would lose legitimacy if the judges were associated with the political parties that nominated and confirmed them.
“My experience of more than 30 years as a judge has shown me that, once men and women take the judicial oath, they take the oath to heart,” Breyer told the audience. “They are loyal to the rule of law, not to the political party that helped to secure their appointment.”
“If the public sees judges as politicians in robes,” Breyer added, “its confidence in the courts, and in the rule of law itself, can only diminish, diminishing the court’s power.”
Historically, Supreme Court Justices often plan their retirement around making sure the party who appointed them is in power and gets to choose their replacement.
But Ruth Bader Ginsburg stayed on even after Barack Obama left office, which allowed Donald Trump to end up picking her successor after she passed away unexpectedly.
This is one of the Democrats’ biggest fears about Stephen Breyer refusing to retire and allow Biden to pick his successor.
Since Democrats only have 50 seats in the Senate, should a surprise retirement or health issue leave Democrats with only 49 Senators, Senate Republicans could potentially block any Biden nominee through the 2024 election in hopes the Republican challenger knocks off Biden and gets to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice.
Which is looking more and more likely by the day as Americans are frustrated with how poorly the Biden administration has handled issue after issue.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.