Donald Trump gave liberals some very bad news today when he confirmed that he will nominate a Supreme Court Justice to replace Antonin Scalia within two weeks of his inauguration.
Scalia’s seat has been open since his sudden death in February of last year. CNN reported that Trump said he has met with around 20 potential nominees so far as he continues to narrow down the possible justices.
“I have list of 20, met with numerous candidates,” Trump said. “I’ll be making the decision on who we will put up … that will be probably within two weeks of the 20th.”
Trump’s list is mostly made up of federal appellate judges, including Judge William Pryor, Diane Sykes, Steven Colloton, Neil Gorsuch, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. Joan Larson, who is head of Michigan’s Supreme Court, is reportedly near the top of Trump’s list.
Trump explained that the Federalist Society’s Leo Leonard and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint are closely involved with his process of picking a nominee. Sources close to Trump say his goal is to put a new justice on the bench by the beginning of the Supreme Court’s last sitting on April 17. This means he will likely need to make sure that hearings begin by March.
Democrats are already referring to the vacant seat as one that was “stolen” by Senate Republicans who refused to hold hearings for Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
“Let’s see who they nominate,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters last week. “If they’re in the mainstream we’ll give them a very careful look. If they’re out of the mainstream we’ll oppose them tooth and nail.”
We’re glad to see that Trump is planning to get down to business with the Supreme Court right away. What do you think of his latest announcement? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.