Hours after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republicans were vowing to block any nominee President Obama appoints to the Supreme Court. While few Republicans, such as Jeb Bush, advocate that Obama has a constitutional duty to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice, many of them including most of the Republican field are standing behind the Senate Republicans that are vowing to block any nominee until the next president is in office. His passing during an election year has triggered chaos both inside and outside of Washington. While within Washington there are prejudice acts of partisanship, outside of Washington conspiracy theories are going around that he was murdered, a claim that his family found outrageous and has denied.
As conspiracy theories were going around in the aftermath of his passing, the theorists were outraged when his family refused to have an autopsy performed on him. Having been pronounced dead over the phone based on information obtained from law officials and Scalia’s doctor, it has caused a growth in suspicion with those promoting the theory that he was murdered. Meanwhile, Scalia’s family are confident that he died of natural causes, noting that he had been having health issues.
Justice Scalia was appointed by Ronald Reagan and served on the Supreme Court for almost 30 years. He was a strict interpreter of the Constitution and at times made conclusions that even went against his own personal beliefs. Scalia took his last breaths at a luxury Texas resort doing one of the things he loved most, hunting. His trip to the Texas ranch was a gift from the owner who last year obtained a favorable result from the Supreme Court.
President Obama acknowledged him in his speech as a way to “honor his extraordinary service to our nation and remember one of the towering legal figures of our time.” He opted to attend a visitation with Michelle rather than going to the funeral the day after, an action that President Obama’s Republican counterparts have criticized. According to President Obama’s press secretary, Obama spent Saturday reading through lengthy dossiers and job histories of potential candidates to replace Justice Scalia’s position on the Supreme Court.
With Scalia gone, the Supreme Court is left divided. The question remains whether President Obama will successfully nominate Scalia’s successor, or if Senate Republicans will, in Trump’s words, “delay, delay, delay” the next nominee until after President Obama has left office. There is no question Justice Scalia will be remembered for his nearly 30 years of public service as a key part in a lot of major Supreme Court decisions over the years. Although Justice Scalia’s reign on the highest court of the land lasted almost 30 years, there is not a drop of doubt that his legacy will live on for generations to come.