OPINION: Trump has right to fill vacant Supreme Court seat


Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s proposed replacement for former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Picture from AP News.

Alexia Barton, Reporter

Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bater Ginsburg, President Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to take the place and become the ninth Supreme Court Justice in her place. Considering that there is an election coming this November, many people have differing opinions on whether or not Trump should be allowed to appoint another justice so soon. Even if people don’t like it, Trump has the right to put in another Supreme Court Justice.

One of the many jobs of the president of the United States is to appoint people to the Supreme Court should a spot open up. While Trump has been in office, there have been two justices he has appointed already, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Now, he is ready to appoint the third. While a lot of people do not like that he is putting one in so close to the election, it is in his right to do so as the president. 

It should not be allowed to take a job away from the president just because it is close to the election. Though it is very untimely for people who do not wish for Trump to win re-election, it is entirely in his power to appoint who he sees fit as soon as possible. Trump definitely is not a favorite among some people, but taking the duties the president has away from him because they are not liked is not okay.

So, even though many people have mixed feelings on the issue of Trump as a person, he is entitled to appoint Barrett to the Supreme Court. Even if a lot of people do not like Barrett or Trump, it is only fair to allow Trump to do what other presidents were able to do themselves.