As conservative businessman Donald J. Trump has secured the GOP nomination, there have been questions by the Republican establishment over whether or not it’s worth blocking President Barack Obama’s liberal Supreme Court nominee. They fear Trump might not pick a right-leaning justice for the SCOTUS.
But now, Trump gave conservatives a big reason to cheer! He released the official list of 11 Supreme Court Justices he will choose from after winning the White House.
This is a huge deal!
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he’s elected to the White House.
Trump’s picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.
Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump had previously named Pryor and Sykes as examples of kind of justices he would choose.
The news comes as Trump is working to bring together a fractured Republican Party and earn the trust of skill-skeptical establishment Republicans who question his electability in the general election and conservatives in his party still weary of his commitment to their cause.
In a statement, Trump said the list “is representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value” and said that, as president, he would use it “as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices.”
Via Associated Press
Trump opined that his appointment will be a conservative who stands for “constitutional principles.” He wants a judge to be just like Justice Scalia, and only make the appointment with input from highly respected conservative movement leaders.
It looks like a solid list, but we definitely want to see Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on the bench someday, too.
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