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Watch: 2012 Interview With Chief Justice Scalia; “I Would Not Like To Be Replaced By Someone Who Immediately Sets About Undoing What I’ve Tried To Do For 25–26 Years.”

Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made it clear to Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace in 2012 that if he could choose a time to step down from the high court, it would not be when a liberal president could appoint a liberal to replace him.


“You’re 76 years old. Will you time your retirement so a more conservative president can appoint a like-minded justice?” Wallace asked.

 “I don’t now. I haven’t decided when to retire,” Scalia responded.

Wallace asked again, “But hasn’t it gone through your mind ‘That if I retire, I’d like to see…’ You talk about Republicans appointing one kind of justice and Democrats another. You would want somebody who adhered to your view?” Scalia answered, “Well of course. I would not like to be replaced by someone who immediately sets about undoing what I’ve tried to do for 25–26 years. I mean, I shouldn’t have to tell you that, unless you think I’m a fool.”

WATCH (cue 21:56):

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