Ron DeSantis boasts about ‘quarter century’ of 7-2 conservative Supreme Court majority if he wins in 2024
Florida Gov Ron DeSantis predicted that if he were to win presidency, that conservatives could have a 7-2 majority on the Supreme Court for 25 years, The Guardian reported.
The governor and prospective candidate for the Republican nomination for president made the remarks while speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Orlando.
Mr DeSantis is widely expected to announce his candidacy for president some time this week. Polling shows he still trails former president Donald Trump but he has the most support of any of the other candidates.
The two-term governor said that given their age, the next president would have the opportunity to nominate two of the most senior conservative justices.
“I think if you look over the next two presidential terms, there is a good chance that you could be called upon to seek replacements for Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito and the issue with that is, you can’t really do better than those two,” he said.
In addition, he alluded to the opportunity to replace Justice Sonia Sotomayor, 68, and even Justice Elena Kagan, 63, both of whom former president Barack Obama nominated.
“It is possible that in those eight years, we have the opportunity to fortify justices,” he said. “Alito and Thomas as well as actually make improvements with those others, and if you were able to do that, you would have a 7-2 conservative majority on the supreme court that would last a quarter-century”