The 2016 presidential election is proving to be extremely consequential for the future of the Supreme Court.
Because President Trump's win was earned through Electoral College votes, not the popular vote, it was essentially a tiny fraction of Americans who led to Trump's opportunity to choose two Supreme Court justices, an NBC News reporter pointed out Wednesday.
Just 80,000 votes across three different states were a deciding factor in the presidential race, reports Mark Murray. Once Trump took office, he appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative constitutionalist. Now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, there will be another seat open, and Trump has already signaled that he plans to nominate a conservative replacement as quickly as possible.
If Trump succeeds in confirming another justice without Democrats blocking the nominee, that would mean that the miniscule fraction of Americans who made the difference in the 2016 election — roughly 0.02 percent of the U.S. population — played a major role in bringing two conservative justices to the nation's highest bench.
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