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DeSantis touts conservative majority on US Supreme Court for 25 years – RT World News

The governor of Florida is expected to announce his candidacy for president this week

Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor who is expected to challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination next year, has suggested he could oversee securing a 7-2 conservative majority in the US Supreme Court , which he envisions. “would last a quarter of a century.

Speaking at the National Convention of Religious Broadcasters in Orlando, Florida on Monday, DeSantis said there was a “good luck” that conservative justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, aged 74 and 73 respectively, will need to be replaced during the next two presidential terms. Trump and current President Joe Biden are only constitutionally eligible for one more term in the White House.

“It is therefore possible that during these eight years we will have the possibility of fortifying the judges”, DeSantis said, adding that if “improvements with these others” could be done, “you’d have a 7-2 conservative majority on the Supreme Court that would last for a quarter of a century.”

DeSantis also suggested it might be possible to replace liberal Obama-appointed justices Sonia Sotomayor, who is 68, and Elena Kagan, who is 63, during the next administration. Justices are appointed by the President to the Supreme Court for life or until they choose to retire. The court is currently leaning conservative by a majority of 6-3.

The Florida governor, who recently oversaw the US Sunshine state’s ban on most abortions after six weeks, also slammed another conservative sitting Supreme Court justice, John Roberts, who sided. liberal court on abortion rights last year. .

“If you replace a Clarence Thomas with someone like Roberts or someone like that, then you’re going to see the court moving to the left, and you can’t do that,” he added. DeSantis backed what the Washington Post described as a “hoarse” audience.

DeSantis is expected to officially announce his presidential campaign this week, according to reports. His platform is expected to mirror his hard-right state legislation in Florida, which has seen his governorship crack down on LGBTQ rights, enact legislation targeting transgender rights, relax gun laws and put implement the six-week abortion ban, which he defended before the conservative public on Monday as a “the right thing to do.”

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