Donald Trump has won the race to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in the United States Supreme Court, a stunning victory that has sent shockwaves through the Republican Party.
Trump is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his candidacy has ignited an avalanche of speculation about the future of the nation’s highest court, which has ruled against him on a number of occasions in recent years.
The GOP presidential candidate is hoping to win the election and to fill Scalia’s seat, which he won by a slim margin in 2016.
Trump has been a frequent critic of the court, calling it a “so-called” court that has consistently sided with Democrats.
The court has ruled several times that states can’t require people to use birth control, and on Thursday it struck down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that Trump and other Republicans had sought to repeal.
The Supreme Court has also been a key battleground in the 2016 election.
The Democrats won the White House and Senate by a wide margin, while Republicans were able to capture the White Congress and retain the House.
Scalia was found dead from a suspected heart attack at his home in suburban Chicago in February 2017.
The president-elect has made an array of policy changes that could change the court’s makeup, including the repeal of Obama-era regulations that require insurance companies to provide health insurance to their workers.
He has also said he would nominate someone to replace Scalia.
Trump has also vowed to put the Supreme the center of his administration, including appointing a new justice to replace the late Justice Antoninus Scalia, who died of a heart attack in 2016 and is seen as one of the country’s leading conservative jurists.
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