Although former Speaker of the House John Boehner might not be Donald Trump’s biggest political ally, the 12-term Washington veteran recently expressed his intention to vote for the Republican nominee, defying former colleagues such as current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Arizona Sen. John McCain.
“I’m going to vote for him,” said Boehner, appearing with Brit Hume during On The Record. “There’s a lot of things that I disagree with Donald on. But as I said, the most important thing about this election is who these [Supreme Court] judges will be.”
According to Boehner, the gridlock in Washington will be immense following the election, and it is highly likely the courts will resolve many of those disputes. Without the courts, Boehner reasoned, neither side will be able to achieve victory.
“In my view, the election is pretty simple. The legislative process, the political process in Washington is at a standstill and will be regardless of who wins,” he said.
For many conservatives, the Supreme Court has undoubtedly been the biggest driving factor behind their support for Trump, and in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s recent comments on the matter, it isn’t difficult to see why some believe it’s important for Trump to win.
During Sunday’s presidential debate, Clinton vowed to push the court to the far left, opting for judges who would carve apart the 1st Amendment and expand abortion rights.
“I want a Supreme Court that will stick with Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose,” said Clinton. “I want a Supreme Court that will stick with marriage equality.”
By contrast, Trump called for a court that would “respect the 2nd Amendment and what it stands for” in addition to upholding the Constitution.
“The only thing that really matters, over the next four years or eight years, is who’s going to appoint the next Supreme Court nominees,” Boehner said. “I just believe that the next president is going to appoint two, three, maybe four justices to the Supreme Court, and all throughout the federal court system.”
“Because more and more issues, because they can’t be dealt with legislatively, [they] are going to end up in the court system. And so, I believe that Donald Trump’s view of who these judges should be is much closer to where I am than the judges that Hillary Clinton would appoint,” concluded Boehner.
Yet Clinton’s pledge to push the court farther to the left, along with a stellar debate performance by Trump, has proved beneficial to the embattled Republican candidate, who has seen a resurgence of support among members of his party.
Despite plummeting in the polls on Friday, Trump has regained his footing following Sunday’s debate, making for a two-point race in a head to head with Clinton.
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