Tomorrow's cover of the New York Daily News... pic.twitter.com/ctEVdVNP2v— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) June 28, 2018
After Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring, the whole country went into collective outrage mode. After all, President Donald Trump is sure to pick another Neil Gorsuch to replace Kennedy, and the very security of Roe v. Wade would be jeopardized.
So when The New York Daily News reported on the story, it did not mince its words.
Kennedy, 81, made the announcement Wednesday. On Thursday, The New York Daily News released its newest edition and on its cover, the words: “We Are F*#%’D.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement, giving President Trump the chance to appoint a second judge. https://t.co/bYil5UUR4O— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 27, 2018
An early look at Thursday's front... pic.twitter.com/sMqbfavkXY
For the past 30 years, Kennedy has been a swing vote on most issues. But Trump has now the opportunity to nominate another conservative judge. And this could tip the scale right for many decades to come.
To abortion rights advocates, the idea of solidifying the Supreme Court’s conservative streak means that the ruling that secures the constitutionality of abortion could be challenged. So it’s no wonder that many people on social media were clearly shaken up.
It’s so sad that justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has people literally scared, calling our office crying, worried that their rights to marry or to make decisions about their own bodies are going to be taken away— BRYde Month?????? (@BryanTooCutte) June 28, 2018
Actually, crying at work over Justice Kennedy’s retirement.— I block Hoteps. (@msnoellesly) June 27, 2018
Very on brand for me: crying in front of the Optimum cable guy because Justice Kennedy is retiring— kt carroll (@katherinerosec) June 27, 2018
Am I the only one that has a massive headache from crying as I was putting my armor on ?— Mayday Mindy ?? (@maydaymindy9) June 27, 2018
Roe v Wade
Justice Anthony Kennedy
I wonder if anyone saw me crying at work when I found out Justice Kennedy was retiring— Perla la Amargada (@perlalaamargada) June 27, 2018
Justice Kennedy's retirement also affects:— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 27, 2018
Roe v. Wade (1973)
Kennedy has declined to overturn abortion decision
Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)
Kennedy cast deciding vote for marriage equality
Fisher v. University of Texas (2016)
Kennedy cast deciding vote for affirmative action
How very cool of Justice Kennedy to pour kerosene on the current dumpster fire that is America. The Roe v Wade riots should provide fine entertainment for him in his retirement.— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) June 27, 2018
Justice Kennedy is retiring. Roe vs. Wade may get overturned. One day, #HandmaidsTale will be our reality.— Bobby Lee (@bobbyleelive) June 28, 2018
#Justice Kennedy was a swing vote in a critical case that affirmed Roe v. Wade. He was a key vote on gay marriage. He cannot be replaced by an ideologue. The American people must have a say.— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) June 27, 2018
Hurry up an get your abortions now before Trump picks Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement, who will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, which will allow states to prohibit abortion.— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) June 27, 2018
Retweet if you believe women should have the right to choose.
But the cover is not just representative of those who are afraid of Roe v. Wade being demolished. It’s also a reminder that the Republican Congress has pretty much all the cards in its hands.
After the 2013 Congress eliminated the filibuster for most nominations by presidents under the directions of then-Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, the rules changed, allowing the Senate to approve nominees, such as Supreme Court appointees, with a simple minority. With current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump indicating they are moving quickly on a nominee, that means a new justice could be approved within a few months. After all, Republicans would have the necessary votes.
So yes, The New York Daily News cover is not only correct in how it perfectly captures everybody’s reactions to the news; it also precisely encompasses how easily Republicans can get away with putting whomever they want in the Supreme Court.
There has never been a better time to #Resist.