Trump campaign says president will nominate a woman for Supreme Court
President Donald Trump’s campaign says that the president fully intends on replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a female nominee.
The campaign also said Trump has the legal and political precedent necessary to make an appointment before the election.
“When there’s a Supreme Court vacancy, the president selects a nominee and the Senate provides advice and consent. That’s what the Constitution says and those are the only rules,” Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh said on Sunday. “There has been an open seat on the Supreme Court in a presidential election year 29 times in American history, and in every single case, the president has nominated a candidate.”
Murtaugh added that Trump has been clear that he will nominate a woman after previously nominating two men to serve on the high court.
“The president has been clear that he will nominate a woman to fill that seat and the Senate should vote to confirm her,” said Murtaugh.
Ginsburg passed away Friday at the age of 87 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Democrats have been quick to point out that Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s 2016 nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia citing it was ill fashioned to do so during an election year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Trump campaign say this is a different story.
“Voters elected Donald J. Trump president in 2016 and gave Republicans an expanded majority in 2018, so the people already have spoken,” Murtaugh said. “The President has placed two well-qualified justices on the court so far and he is about to select a third. Americans can see the names on his list of potential nominees, while Joe Biden is hiding his list of people he would consider if he were president. Biden knows that he is an empty vessel for the radical left and that’s why he’s refusing to be honest with the American people about who he would want on the court.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been vocal that he will do whatever he can to stop Trump from appointing a new justice before the election.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” —RBG I’m standing with @AOC at James Madison HS—RBG’s alma mater and mine Dems are united in fighting to honor RBG’s last wish and all that’s at stake for health care and Americans’ rights,” Schumer tweeted.
Trump and Senate Republicans may have a difficult time confirming a new justice prior to the election and many political operatives believe a lame-duck appointment is more likely. Two GOP senators have already announced they will not support a nominee before the election. Those senators are Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins.
Trump issued a called to action to GOP senators on Twitter saying they have a duty to act.
“.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay,” he tweeted.
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