Donald Trump went to the mat for Brett Kavanaugh.
But now Donald Trump is having some second thoughts.
And Brett Kavanaugh has one more chance to fix a giant problem he has with Donald Trump.
Next term the Supreme Court will hear the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett.
That case will determine the scope of the Second Amendment by determining if states have the right to deny citizens the ability to conceal carry firearms outside their homes.
“The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett case involves two petitioners, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, who were denied concealed carry licenses because New York State Police Superintendent Richard McNally determined they did not have a ‘proper cause’ for their requests,” Fox News reports.
Twenty-six state Republican attorneys general filed amicus briefs with the court arguing that the justices must comply with the Constitution and strike down laws requiring citizens to prove to the government they had a need to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
“Law-abiding citizens should not require the consent of faceless bureaucrats to exercise their right to keep and bear arms,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote in a statement accompanying the amicus brief. “New York cannot override the Second Amendment or the natural right of self-preservation. I will continue to vigorously protect Americans’ constitutional rights.”
This case is one of many where the Republican appointees on the Supreme Court have a chance to push American jurisprudence in a conservative direction.
Donald Trump – and many of his supporters – are beginning to wonder if justices like Brett Kavanaugh are the conservatives they were billed as.
In an interview with Michael Wolff for his book “Landslide,” Trump expressed misgivings about Kavanaugh’s recent rulings to uphold Obamacare, allow the government to restrict the free exercise of religion, and to not take up a case of a Christian florist that refused to make arrangements for a homosexual wedding.
Trump bemoaned the fact that the only reason Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court is because Trump stood by him when Christine Blasey Ford tried to destroy his nomination with false claims of sexual assault.
“Where would he be without me? I saved his life. He wouldn’t even be in a law firm. Who would have had him? Nobody. Totally disgraced. Only I saved him,” Trump told Wolff.
Trump added that he was disappointed in a number of Kavanaugh rulings that had nothing to do with the election.
“I can’t even believe what’s happening. I’m very disappointed in Kavanaugh. I just told you something I haven’t told a lot of people. In retrospect, he just hasn’t had the courage you need to be a great justice. I’m basing this on more than just the election,” Trump added.
The justice Kavanaugh’s most often voted with is center-left Chief Justice John Roberts as Kavanaugh appears more concerned with getting back in the good graces of the liberal social circles he frequents as opposed to delivering conservative judicial opinions.
But next term Kavanaugh has another chance to erase the skepticism Trump and others now hold towards him.
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