On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down arguably the most important abortion-rights ruling in a generation, prompting the Republican presidential hopeful to say … literally nothing. To the consternation of some of his social-conservative allies, Trump acted as if the court’s decision didn’t exist, offering no response in speeches, interviews, or social media.
It took a few days, but this morning the presumptive GOP nominee broke his unexpected silence in an interview with conservative radio host Mike Gallagher.“Now if we had Scalia was living, or if Scalia was replaced by me, you wouldn’t have had that, OK? It would’ve been the opposite.”
Actually, no, it wouldn’t have. This week’s ruling was actually a 5-3 decision. Yes, Antonin Scalia’s passing meant the Supreme Court was down one justice, but it doesn’t take a mathematician to know 3 + 1 does not equal 5. Remember, the decision was on Monday, and today’s Thursday. Trump and his team had three days to come up with the candidate’s response to a major court ruling, and this is what they came up with.
Actually, it’s not even math. It’s arithmetic.
What this suggests is that Mr. Trump really doesn’t give a shit about appointing a conservative to the Supreme Court because of how he would rule on abortion. (And trust me, Mr. Trump would nominate a man. Preferably a white one.) He would appoint someone to the Supreme Court who would do his bidding. Don’t like a ruling on something? Put in a guy who will rule the way you want him to or will at least listen when he picks up the phone and tells him to vote a certain way. That’s how he operates. The concept of separation of powers is, in his words, wrong, very wrong. What is the point of being president if you can’t have your people doing what you want them to do?