Supreme Court’s Split Deportation Ruling Gives Campaign Ammo To Trump, Clinton Camps

Hillary Clinton booed and Donald Trump cheered the news that a deadlocked Supreme Court put President Obama’s deportation amnesty on ice, deepening the divide in the presidential race over Supreme Court picks and the executive branch’s role in carving out immigration policy.

The 4-4 ruling served as a reminder of the vacancy on the court left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the feud on Capitol Hill that has spilled onto the campaign trail over replacing him before the November elections.

Mrs. Clinton blamed the ruling not on the court but on Senate Republicans, who have refused to hold confirmation hearings and a vote on President Obama’s high court nominee, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland.

Mr. Trump has maintained that the vacancy left by Scalia’s death should be filled by Mr. Obama’s successor. Last month, he unveiled a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees in an attempt to assuage Republican concerns about his candidacy.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican Party strategist, said the ruling has provided the Clinton and Trump camps with talking points.

“For those that are nervous about Trump that are Republicans, it reinforces the importance of the Supreme Court because we know if Hillary wins, that ninth judge is going to be pro-immigration all that time,” Mr. O’Connell said.

“Simultaneously Hillary is probably happy that they came out with the split ruling because even though Hispanics are overwhelmingly on her side, she needs more to fire them up — particularly in states like Florida and Arizona — in order to keep Trump on his heels,” he said.

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times 

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