From Nixon to Trump: Here's how ideologues and partisans seized the Court

Thom plus logo After Brown v. Board and its subsequent supporting decisions in the 1950s, and Roe v. Wade in 1973, Republicans concluded that they needed to curb-or seize-the power of the Court. The easiest way to do that would be to have as many Republican presidents in the White House as possible, as each could potentially nominate new conservative justices to the Court. In 1968, Richard Nixon stole the presidential election, scuttling President Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam peace talks and setting up four GOP appointments to the Supreme Court. In that, he set a precedent for every Republican president since: do whatever it takes to win an election, even if that means committing treason or attacking the very core of American democracy, voting, in order to control who's on the Supreme and other federal courts.

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