With the Republican primary almost at a close Donald Trump has announced potential Supreme Court nominees. The debate over who will fill the deceased Antonin Scalia’s position on the court wages on. Republican’s and Democrats are at a standstill over whether a nominee should be confirmed before or after the presidential election. But Trump has become proactive in the Supreme Court fight.
Trump referenced the list stating, ” it is representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value and, as President, I plan to use this list as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices.”
He commented to Fox News that, “I have a lot of people that are conservative that really like me, love everything I stand for, but they really would like to know my view, because perhaps outside of the defense of our country, perhaps the single most important thing the next president is going to have to do is pick Supreme Court justices.”
The list of potential nominees include…
- Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett
- Steven Colloton of Iowa
- Diane Sykes of Wisconsin
- David Stras of Minvestors
- Allison Eid of Colorado
- Raymond Gruender of Missouri
- William Pryor of Alabama
- Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania
- Raymond Kethledge of Michigan
- Thomas Lee of Utah
- Joan Larson of Michigan
His list of nominees includes five state Supreme Court justices and six federal appeals court judges. Some of them were appointed by President George W. Bush while others are noted for their conservative credentials.
Trump has noted in the past that he wishes for a Supreme Court that would restrict abortion rights. Judge Pryor has a history of pro-life judicial stances, that in the past caused heated political debate during his appointment process. Most of the nominees clerked for conservative justices.
The White House Press Secretary didn’t have nice things to say about Trump’s list. When asked about it during a briefing he said, “I would be surprised if there are any Democrats who would describe any of those 11 individuals as a consensus nominee.” He, however, noted that he hadn’t even looked at the list yet.
The debate over the next Supreme Court justice has been so contentious because whomever is placed on the court has the ability to effect great judicial change over the next half century. Seeing as the current court is split between conservative and liberal judges. With Donald Trump as the Republican nominee he could quite possibly dictate the future direction of the court.