Trump says ninth supreme court justice will be needed to determine election
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he believes the Supreme Court will need nine justices in order to determine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court. And I think it’s very important we have nine justices,” the president said.
Trump called on the Senate to quickly confirm his nominee so the court doesn’t have to worry about ending in a tie during an election ruling.
“I think it’s better if you go before the election because I think this, this scam that the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam, the scam will be before the United States Supreme Court,” Trump said. “And I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation if you get that. I don’t know that you’d get that. I think it should be 8-nothing or 9-nothing. But just in case it would be more political than it should be, I think it’s very important to have a ninth judge.”
The president continues to say that he believes there will be massive voter fraud this year due to many states moving to vote-by-mail plans and others having already started early voting more than a month before election day. With early voting ongoing and long lines still expected on Nov. 3, the president called on supporters to sign up to be poll workers.
“Very important that, in order to watch that ALL are following the Rules & Regulations, you become an Election Official at your local Polling Place. Go sign up NOW,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
Trump is expected to announce his nomination for the Supreme Court at 5 p.m. on Saturday. He has already announced that his pick will be a female.
The president said that unlike previous court appointments, he believes this confirmation process will be quick. He said he doesn’t even think that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham needs to hold a confirmation hearing if he chooses not too. With Sen. Mitt Romney (R) announcing his support for an appointment prior to the election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the necessary votes to confirm a nominee on the Senate floor.
“Our Senate majority will do exactly the same thing in 2020 that we did in 2016: Follow Senate history, follow the clear precedent in each situation, and do exactly the job we were elected to do. We are going to vote on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court this year,” McConnell tweeted.
The appointment will fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose funeral services are underway this week in the nation’s capital.
PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
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