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Opinion: Trump's most influential legacy

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Julian Zelizer writes that nowhere has the President's impact on the nation been as clear as with the courts.

(CNN)Senate Republicans are moving rapidly to bring Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination to a successful conclusion.

Upending the precedent he manufactured in 2016, that a SCOTUS seat not be filled in an election year, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to deliver something that Republicans have been clamoring for -- a Supreme Court with an unbeatable conservative majority.

Over the last four years, the administration has worked closely with Senate Republicans to nominate and confirm federal appointees, many of who come recommended from the networks of the Federalist Society, an organization that seeks to produce more conservative federal courts.

With Barrett, the President will complete a project that started in 1986 when President Reagan elevated William Rehnquist to the role of chief justice of the Supreme Court and Antonin Scalia to replace him as a justice.

Now, with the presidential election underway, Republicans will have successfully built a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

With Barrett on the Supreme Court, whatever happens in November, the conservative court will be a major legacy of the Trump presidency.

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