Ron DeSantis told the audience at a Christian media conference in Orlando how he expected to be able to replace enough Supreme Court justices to cement a 7-2 conservative majority that would last 25 years. Via the Washington Post:
“I think if you look over the next two presidential terms, there is a good chance that you could be called upon to seek replacements for Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito and the issue with that is, you can’t really do better than those two,” DeSantis said in his address to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. He went on to say that, “if you replace a Clarence Thomas with somebody like a Roberts or somebody like that, then you’re gonna actually see the court move to the left, and you can’t do that.”
DeSantis suggested that those two justices, as well as Roberts and liberal Sonia Sotomayor, could require replacements over two presidential terms.
“So it is possible that in those eight years, we have the opportunity to fortify justices … Alito and Thomas as well as actually make improvements with those others, and if you were able to do that, you would have a 7-2 conservative majority on the Supreme Court that would last a quarter century,” DeSantis added, to raucous applause.
At least we’re not pretending anymore that the conservatives on the Court aren’t purely political animals.