Donald Trump, clearly the most narcissistic man ever to sit in the Oval Office, has always had a singular project in life.
It’s all about him and how to make himself even more grandiose, thus boosting his fragile ego, so everybody will do whatever he wants to be done in his perpetual quest to make America worse. He considers himself to be a man born and raised to be on camera all the time. He always needs to be the center of attention. He's nothing if not dramatic.
He is notoriously inconsistent, saying first one thing and then another, and he thrives on keeping those around him guessing. He’s well-known in Washington for changing his mind on important decisions at the last minute.
On Monday evening, in prime news time, he’ll announce his pick to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, in a move clearly designed to mold the Supreme Court in a highly conservative direction for decades to come. That’s a goal long sought by the GOP.
Four names have surfaced so far, and all are federal appellate judges: Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the District of Columbia Circuit, which is considered to be the most influential of all the federal circuit courts of appeal; Judge Raymond Kethledge, Sixth Circuit, based in Michigan; Amy Coney Barrett, Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago; and Thomas Hardiman, Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia, the runner-up when Trump chose hyper-conservative Neil Gorsuch from the Tenth Circuit, based in Denver, because he wanted a Justice who would be just as outrageously conservative as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. See https://www.npr.org/2018/07/07/626711777/religion-the-supreme-court-and-why-it-matters and https://www.npr.org/2018/07/06/626118139/trumps-top-two-supreme-court-picks-reflect-warring-republican-factions
for trenchant discussions of what’s taking place on the highly charged SCOTUS issue, at this critical juncture of law and religion.
Judges Kavanagh, Kethledge, Coney Barrett, and Hardiman have been extensively vetted by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society — both of which have highly conservative agendas; their goals are, at bottom, to keep America from participating in the 21st century. Coney Barrett, in particular, was grilled by Sen. Diane Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, when Trump nominated her last year to sit on the Seventh Circuit. Feinstein appropriately irritated hundreds of thousands of Catholics when she told Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, “…the [Catholic] dogma lives loudly within you, and that is a concern.”
After Coney Barrett’s name showed up on Trump’s well-publicized list of potential SCOTUS nominees, Sen. Feinstein and countless others who are dedicated to the rule of law have articulated in very clear ways their deep concern that if she is put on the Court by Trump, Roe v. Wade will be immediately overruled.
We only have to look to the presidential campaign of 2004 when Sen. John Kerry, a lifelong Democrat, was running for president against Bush Two, and Rev. Raymond Burke, then the Catholic Archbishop of St. Louis, told the entire American Catholic voting public that If Kerry were to show up for mass anywhere in his diocese, that the officiating priest must not give Kerry, a lifelong Catholic, communion.
Very early this morning, even before Trump sent out his first, highly irascible tweet, associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones saw Poland’s right-wing president, Andrzej Duda, leave the Oval Office through a secret door. He was whisked away from the White House by Trump’s Secret Service so nobody would notice, but Jones doesn’t miss anything that goes on in the White House, which was built by black people in a condition of servitude.
Jones, who is fearless, immediately asked Trump what Duda was doing there.
“Johanna, Andrzej was here to advise Me on how to get Ginsburg and Breyer and Sotomayor and Kagan off the Surpeme Court.”
“In Poland, they have it all figured out: if they don’t like what their Supreme Court does, they just get rid of them by forcing them to retire early. I needed Andrzej’s advice on how to do that here."
Trump likes Poland, and he even went there in 2017, because that former Communist country is getting ready to complete the installation of a US missile defense system there.
The First President (Chief Justice in American terminology) of Poland’s Supreme Court is Malgorzata Gersdorf. She is 65. Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, and the rest of his fight-wing Law and Justice Party, are conducting a purge of their Supreme Court, because they take the view that Justices of their Supreme Court should always rule in favor of whatever the Law and Justice party demands.
“Johanna, I’m gonna do here what Andrzej is doing in Poland.”
Here at AP, we’ve previously reported that logical Trump picks for the Supreme Court are Rudy Giuliani, Michael Cohen, Chuck Grassley, and the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo (https://www.apocryphal0ress.com/2018/06/27/trump-nominates giuliani-to-supreme-court-to-succeed-justice-kennedy/).
After listening impatiently to the always talky Trump, Jones went straight to Trump’s desk, where he’s keeping his list of possible SCOTUS picks, in a secret drawer. She scratched Coney Barrett’s name off the list.
This will be highly displeasing to the always vocal social conservatives in the GOP, because Judge Coney Barrett is only 47. When Bush One nominated Clarence Thomas, a traitor to his race, to the Supreme Court in 1991, Thomas was only 43. He’s now 70.