The passing of the 87-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, gives D.Trump a chance to entrench conservative majority before the election, RISS expert Ilya Kravchenko points out. "The Supreme Сourt (SC) plays a very significant role in the political life of the United States. In the 2000 presidential elections, it was the Supreme Court that put an end to a month-long post-election battle between Democrat A.Gore and Republican G.Bush. After that, Bush was declared winner of the presidential election," he said.
The Supreme Court has nine justices. Once seated, they serve for life. The very fact that a third conservative judge can be appointed under Trump is a great advantage for the Republicans. Republicans also hold a narrow majority in the Senate. Thus, they may approve a new judge nominated by the president. Most likely, the new Supreme Сourt nominee will also be conservative, highly experienced, and a supporter of originalism like previous candidates.
Kravchenko drew attention to the fact that Ginsburg was an icon of feminism, liberalism, and progressive America. After her passing, many left-wing Americans are wondering how they will defend their interests if the Supreme court becomes more conservative. "The Supreme Court with six conservatives against three liberals would be a huge advantage for Trump. For example, if the Democrats launch impeachment inquiry into Trump, he will be able to appeal to the Supreme Court, where three judges are appointed personally by him," RISS expert concluded.