- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Harvard Law graduate and conservative all-star Ben Shapiro knows the perfect replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy: himself.

The editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire trolled critics across the political spectrum Wednesday by offering himself as a potential replacement for the high court’s 81-year-old “swing” vote.

“Just a reminder, @realdonaldtrump — I’m only 34,” the pundit said. “I could be on the Court for 60 years. Just saying!”

Mr. Kennedy issued a statement earlier in the day telling Americans that it was “the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court.”

Mr. Shapiro’s liberal critics, along with those who are still upset that he didn’t vote for President Trump, were not amused.

Some responses include:

  • “You were never Trump, so … forget [it].”
  • “No Never-Trumpers allowed!”
  • “There’s a height requirement and the ‘right wing elf on the shelf’ can’t make it!”

Other critics labeled Mr. Shapiro a racist without offering evidence to back their claims.

Mr. Trump told reporters that he would begin searching for Justice Kennedy’s replacement “immediately.”

“I just want to thank Justice Kennedy for the years of tremendous service,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s a very spectacular man. … I know that he will be around, hopefully for a long time to advise. I believe he’s going to be teaching and doing other things.”

CNN called Mr. Trump’s opportunity to nominate a justice in addition to Neil Gorsuch “every Republican’s dream scenario.”

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