President Trump said he was “honored” that Justice Anthony Kennedy decided to retire during his term. “I’m very honored he chose to do it during my term in office because he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy,” Trump said at a rally in Fargo, North Dakota, on Wednesday evening. Shortly after Kennedy announced his retirement, the president told reporters that Kennedy had been a “been a great justice” with “tremendous heart,” according to the White House pool report. He confirmed that he would choose Kennedy’s successor from the same 25-judge pool he drew from to choose Justice Neil Gorsuch. The president also used the rally to take aim at his critics and mock those protesting immigration policies. He called Rep. Joe Crowley of New York a “slovenly man” who “got his ass kicked” in the state’s Democratic primary before going on to accuse Democratic activists of putting ICE agents and their families in “harm’s way” by supposedly doxxing them online. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that WikiLeaks was behind the publication of ICE agents’ personal information. “These radical Democrat protesters really want anarchy, but the only response they will find from our government is very strong law and order,” he told the crowd.
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