What Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Means For Key Court Decisions: ‘Anything Is Possible’ | TODAY

What Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Means For Key Court Decisions: ‘Anything Is Possible’ | TODAY

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IMMIGRATION FACILITIES AS EARLY AS TODAY. AS TODAY.>>KRISTEN WELKER, THANK YOU.>>KRISTEN WELKER, THANK YOU.>>>CHUCK TODD IS WITH US HERE>>>CHUCK TODD IS WITH US HERE IN NEW YORK TO TALK ABOUT THE IN NEW YORK TO TALK ABOUT THE POLITICS OF THIS. POLITICS OF THIS. FROM WASHINGTON, WE HAVE TOM FROM WASHINGTON, WE HAVE TOM GOLDSTEIN, A LAWYER WHO GOLDSTEIN, A LAWYER WHO SPECIALIZES IN SUPREME COURT SPECIALIZES IN SUPREME COURT LITIGATION. LITIGATION. HE’S ALSO THE FOUNDER OF THE HE’S ALSO THE FOUNDER OF THE AWARD-WINNING SCOTUS BLOG. AWARD-WINNING SCOTUS BLOG. GOOD MORNING TO YOU. GOOD MORNING TO YOU.>>MORNING.>>MORNING.>>TOM, YOU GOT THE SUPREME>>TOM, YOU GOT THE SUPREME COURT WIRED. COURT WIRED. I KNOW YOU KNOW EVERYTHING THERE I KNOW YOU KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT IT. IS TO KNOW ABOUT IT. FOR FOLKS WHO DON’T FOLLOW IT AS FOR FOLKS WHO DON’T FOLLOW IT AS CLOSELY, EXPLAIN WHY THIS CLOSELY, EXPLAIN WHY THIS PARTICULAR RETIREMENT IS SUCH A PARTICULAR RETIREMENT IS SUCH A BIG DEAL. BIG DEAL. IN THE PAST, YOU’VE HAD A IN THE PAST, YOU’VE HAD A LIBERAL REPLACING A LIBERAL. LIBERAL REPLACING A LIBERAL. CONSERVATIVE REPLACING A CONSERVATIVE REPLACING A CONSERVATIVE. CONSERVATIVE. THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO RESHAPE THE COURT. RESHAPE THE COURT.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. JUSTICE KENNEDY IS THE VOTE IN JUSTICE KENNEDY IS THE VOTE IN THE CENTER. THE CENTER. HE’S A CONSERVATIVE. HE’S A CONSERVATIVE. BUT ON QUESTIONS OF, DO YOU BUT ON QUESTIONS OF, DO YOU PERMIT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, CAN PERMIT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, CAN SAME-SEX COUPLES GET MARRIED, SAME-SEX COUPLES GET MARRIED, HE’D JOIN WITH THE LIBERALS HE’D JOIN WITH THE LIBERALS SOMETIMES. SOMETIMES. NOW, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND NOW, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONSERVATIVES HAVE THE CHANCE TO CONSERVATIVES HAVE THE CHANCE TO MAKE A REALLY SOLID FIVE JUSTICE MAKE A REALLY SOLID FIVE JUSTICE CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY THAT COULD CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY THAT COULD CHANGE THE LAW IN THOSE AND CHANGE THE LAW IN THOSE AND OTHER AREAS. OTHER AREAS.>>TOM, I THINK THAT’S THE ISSUE>>TOM, I THINK THAT’S THE ISSUE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. THEY LOOK AT THE ABORTION THEY LOOK AT THE ABORTION RULING. RULING. THEY LOOK AT THE GAY MARRIAGE THEY LOOK AT THE GAY MARRIAGE RULING. RULING. DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU SIT, DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU SIT, YOU’D LIKE TO SEE SOME BIG YOU’D LIKE TO SEE SOME BIG CHANGE THERE. CHANGE THERE. IS IT POSSIBLE THE COURT COULD IS IT POSSIBLE THE COURT COULD REVERSE THOSE DECISIONS? REVERSE THOSE DECISIONS?>>WELL, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.>>WELL, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. TECHNICALLY, ROE V. WADE COULD TECHNICALLY, ROE V. WADE COULD BE OVERRULED. BE OVERRULED. EVEN IF IT ISN’T, IT COULD BE EVEN IF IT ISN’T, IT COULD BE CUT BACK A LOT. CUT BACK A LOT. CERTAINLY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN CERTAINLY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS COULD BE ELIMINATED. SCHOOLS COULD BE ELIMINATED. YOU COULD HAVE MORE RESTRICTIONS YOU COULD HAVE MORE RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING RIGHTS CLAIMS, ON VOTING RIGHTS CLAIMS, EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS. CLAIMS. EVEN THOUGH THE SUPREME COURT IS EVEN THOUGH THE SUPREME COURT IS VERY CONSERVATIVE, IT STILL HAS VERY CONSERVATIVE, IT STILL HAS A LONG WAY IT COULD GO FURTHER. A LONG WAY IT COULD GO FURTHER.>>CHUCK, LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS>>CHUCK, LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS NOMINATION PROCESS NOW. NOMINATION PROCESS NOW. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL SAYS WE’LL HAVE A VOTE McCONNELL SAYS WE’LL HAVE A VOTE BY THE FALL. BY THE FALL. CHUCK SCHUMER AND OTHER CHUCK SCHUMER AND OTHER DEMOCRATS SAY, LET’S PLAY IT BY DEMOCRATS SAY, LET’S PLAY IT BY YOUR RULE FROM 2016 AND SAY WE YOUR RULE FROM 2016 AND SAY WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION BEFORE THIS NOMINEE IS ELECTION BEFORE THIS NOMINEE IS VOTED ON. VOTED ON. WHAT’S THIS NEXT THREE, FOUR WHAT’S THIS NEXT THREE, FOUR MONTHS GOING TO LOOK LIKE? MONTHS GOING TO LOOK LIKE?>>I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE>>I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE EXTRAORDINARILY UGLY. EXTRAORDINARILY UGLY. I THINK YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF I THINK YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF SENATE DEMOCRATS STILL ANGRY AT SENATE DEMOCRATS STILL ANGRY AT HOW THE SUPREME COURT OPENING, HOW THE SUPREME COURT OPENING, THE SCALIA SEAT, WAS HANDLED IN THE SCALIA SEAT, WAS HANDLED IN ’16 AND ’17. ’16 AND ’17. I THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE SOME I THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE SOME FORM OF ATTEMPTED REVENGE, BUT I FORM OF ATTEMPTED REVENGE, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS. DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS. I DON’T KNOW OTHER THAN BEATING I DON’T KNOW OTHER THAN BEATING YOUR CHEST AND JUMPING UP AND YOUR CHEST AND JUMPING UP AND DOWN, WHAT MORE CHUCK SCHUMER DOWN, WHAT MORE CHUCK SCHUMER AND SENATE DEMOCRATS CAN DO. AND SENATE DEMOCRATS CAN DO. THAT SAID, I DO THINK IT IS THAT SAID, I DO THINK IT IS INTERESTING HERE. INTERESTING HERE. MITCH McCONNELL WANTS TO MARCH MITCH McCONNELL WANTS TO MARCH FORWARD. FORWARD. YOU COULD MAKE A CASE YOU COULD MAKE A CASE POLITICALLY, IT’D BE BETTER FOR POLITICALLY, IT’D BE BETTER FOR THE REPUBLICANS TO HAVE THE OPEN THE REPUBLICANS TO HAVE THE OPEN SEAT ON THE BALLOT. SEAT ON THE BALLOT. NOTHING RALLIES THE RIGHT LIKE NOTHING RALLIES THE RIGHT LIKE AN OPEN SEAT. AN OPEN SEAT.>>BUT THERE IS A GAMBLE.>>BUT THERE IS A GAMBLE.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>IF THEY LOSE THE SENATE.>>IF THEY LOSE THE SENATE.>>IF THE LEFT WAS ENERGIZING>>IF THE LEFT WAS ENERGIZING PEOPLE, SAYING, I’LL VOTE IN THE PEOPLE, SAYING, I’LL VOTE IN THE MIDTERMS. MIDTERMS. NOW I CARE BECAUSE I SEE WHAT NOW I CARE BECAUSE I SEE WHAT THE STAKES ARE. THE STAKES ARE. I MEAN, YOU ONLY NEED 51 VOTES I MEAN, YOU ONLY NEED 51 VOTES TO CONFIRM A SUPREME COURT TO CONFIRM A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOW. JUSTICE NOW. I MEAN, IS THERE REALLY ANY I MEAN, IS THERE REALLY ANY SUSPENSE? SUSPENSE?>>SURE.>>SURE. I THINK SUSAN COLLINS IS GOING I THINK SUSAN COLLINS IS GOING TO CARE WHAT THE JUSTICE HAS TO TO CARE WHAT THE JUSTICE HAS TO SAY ABOUT ABORTION. SAY ABOUT ABORTION. I THINK JEFF FLAKE IS A WILD I THINK JEFF FLAKE IS A WILD CARD, A RETIRING SENATOR, CARD, A RETIRING SENATOR, THREATENING TO BLOCK SOME THREATENING TO BLOCK SOME JUDGES, ALL THREE REPUBLICANS. JUDGES, ALL THREE REPUBLICANS. HE COULD GUM THINGS UP. HE COULD GUM THINGS UP. LET’S SAY MUELLER HAS NEW THINGS LET’S SAY MUELLER HAS NEW THINGS COMING OUT. COMING OUT. HE COULD BE SOMETHING THAT GUMS HE COULD BE SOMETHING THAT GUMS THINGS UP. THINGS UP. REMEMBER, WITHOUT JOHN McCAIN’S REMEMBER, WITHOUT JOHN McCAIN’S VOTE SITTING THERE, THEY CAN VOTE SITTING THERE, THEY CAN ONLY LOSE ONE VOTE ON THE ONLY LOSE ONE VOTE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE AT ALL AND STILL REPUBLICAN SIDE AT ALL AND STILL HOPE TO GET THERE. HOPE TO GET THERE. YES, THERE WILL BE SOME PRESSURE YES, THERE WILL BE SOME PRESSURE ON DEMOCRATS, LIKE JOE MANCHIN. ON DEMOCRATS, LIKE JOE MANCHIN. IN NORTH DAKOTA AND INDIANA, IN NORTH DAKOTA AND INDIANA, THERE WILL BE PRESSURE THERE. THERE WILL BE PRESSURE THERE. THOSE WILL BE, I THINK, THE SIX THOSE WILL BE, I THINK, THE SIX SENATORS THAT WILL FEEL THE MOST SENATORS THAT WILL FEEL THE MOST PRESSURE. PRESSURE.>>TOM, YOU SAID LAST NIGHT, I>>TOM, YOU SAID LAST NIGHT, I BELIEVE IT WAS, THAT THIS BELIEVE IT WAS, THAT THIS NOMINEE COULD GET 56 VOTES IN NOMINEE COULD GET 56 VOTES IN THE ACCEPT GNAT.SENATE. THE ACCEPT GNAT.SENATE. WHEN DO YOU THINK THE VOTE WILL WHEN DO YOU THINK THE VOTE WILL TAKE PLACE? TAKE PLACE? IS THERE ANY CHANCE THIS NOMINEE IS THERE ANY CHANCE THIS NOMINEE IS NOT ACTUALLY SAT ON THE IS NOT ACTUALLY SAT ON THE BENCH? BENCH?>>WELL, I THINK THERE IS A>>WELL, I THINK THERE IS A CHANCE, IF SOME UNEXPECTED CHANCE, IF SOME UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY CAME OUT. DISCOVERY CAME OUT. BUT THIS LIST HAS ALREADY BEEN BUT THIS LIST HAS ALREADY BEEN VETTED PRETTY WELL OVER THE PAST VETTED PRETTY WELL OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. COUPLE OF YEARS. I THINK THAT YOU’LL GET TO THAT I THINK THAT YOU’LL GET TO THAT NUMBER OF VOTES IN ALL NUMBER OF VOTES IN ALL LIKELIHOOD. LIKELIHOOD. WHEN DEMOCRATS REALIZE THEY WHEN DEMOCRATS REALIZE THEY CAN’T BLOCK THE NOMINEE UNLESS CAN’T BLOCK THE NOMINEE UNLESS THERE’S SOME GREAT SURPRISE, THERE’S SOME GREAT SURPRISE, THEN THE DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR THEN THE DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR OFFICE RIGHT NOW IN STATES THAT OFFICE RIGHT NOW IN STATES THAT TRUMP CARRIED REALLY HAVE NO TRUMP CARRIED REALLY HAVE NO REASON NOT TO GO AHEAD AND VOTE REASON NOT TO GO AHEAD AND VOTE FOR THE PERSON. FOR THE PERSON. I DO THINK YOU’LL SEE SOMETHING I DO THINK YOU’LL SEE SOMETHING WHERE IT IS NOT A RAZOR THIN WHERE IT IS NOT A RAZOR THIN VOTE IN THE END. VOTE IN THE END.>>TOM GOLDSTEIN, ALWAYS GOOD TO>>TOM GOLDSTEIN, ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE YOU. HAVE YOU. CHUCK, YOU, AS WELL. CHUCK, YOU, AS WELL. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

11 thoughts on “What Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Means For Key Court Decisions: ‘Anything Is Possible’ | TODAY

  • Now The End Begins Post author

    You just can't stop that Trump Train, can you? Nope. #MAGA http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/category/the-last-trump/

  • John Mccormick Post author

    So which democrat will have a nervous break down first?

  • ASMRHype Post author

    Anyone remember when trump said there will be so much winning that your head would spin?? Well my head is spinnnnnnnning trump 2020

  • AugustanFinn Post author

    Should get a hardline right wing constitutionist for sure.
    Reagan nominated Kennedy because he was bipartisan. But Dems went on to nominate the likes of Ginsburg and Sotomayor who are radicalized feminazis.
    I back Amy Coney Barrett.

  • MP warrior Post author

    I guest is trump or socialism /communism …….Trump it is .

  • AlexanTheMan Post author

    Can't tell if this is a reality show or a sitcom.

  • Jwb52z Post author

    Everyone now who isn't white, straight, rich, male, cisgender, and religious are screwed.  The US should not be one country anymore.  This is not a good thing for anyone but backward religious bigot hicks who wouldn't know a modern thought if it bit them.  I'm only in the US now because I can't leave.

  • Hedwig Post author

    Goldstein

  • Greg OBrien Post author

    I'M SORRY MISSOURI I voted for rump cause I thought he'd drain the swamp. I didn't know he'd make things worse😖😖😖 I hope you get new jobs soon

  • mina Post author

    lol chuck todd face looks totally deflated at the end of the segment.

  • Midnight Rambler Post author

    Silly liberals

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