Trump unveils Supreme Court picks; White House RESPONDS immediately

One of the most significant, long-lasting legacies of whomever is elected the next President of the United States in November will be his (or, her, God forbid) nominations to the Supreme Court to replace what is likely to be multiple departures from the bench over the next four years.

It may be the single most important place we need true constitutional conservatives — and one of the most monumental reasons our republic may not survive another progressive in the White House.

Today, amid continued concerns over whether Donald Trump is a “true” conservative, the presumptive GOP nominee released a list of his potential Supreme Court nominees. The list of eleven includes several noted conservatives who, one can’t help but hope, may start to bring around the #NeverTrump folks.

Via The Hill:

Donald Trump on Wednesday released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees he would appoint as president in a move meant to assuage concerns over his conservative chops.

The list includes a handful of judges typically found on conservative wishlists, including appellate judges Diane Sykes and William Pryor, two names previously floated by Trump as model jurists.

But it doesn’t include high-profile lawmakers such as Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) or Mike Lee (Utah), who have been mentioned as potential appointees.

The Associated Press first reported the release of the list, which Trump promised in March.

The list also includes Utah’s Thomas Lee, the brother of Sen. Lee, Michigan’s Raymond Kethledge and Joan Larsen, Minnesota’s David Stras, Iowa’s Steven Colloton, Colorado’s Allison Eid and Missouri’s Raymond Gruender.

The release of the list comes as Trump seeks to unify Republicans around his White House bid. Trump is now the only Republican running for president, and the party has begun to rally around him.

Yet pockets of resistance remain, including among conservatives who worry Trump is not a true conservative. The candidate’s comments on abortion in particular have made figures on the right wary. Trump in April suggested that if abortion were illegal, women who sought to have the procedure would be arrested.

Cruz, Trump’s former rival, repeatedly attacked the billionaire earlier in the campaign by framing his election as a risk to the entire judicial system, arguing that he’d appoint liberals to the bench.

But Trump earned praise from Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for naming Sykes and Pryor, who said that those choices should put conservatives at ease.

Trump said in a statement that he would “use this list as a guide to nominate” a replacement to fill the vacancy caused by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death earlier this year. The brief statement mainly lauded Scalia as a model justice and “a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country.”

Trump had told reporters that The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, was helping him compile the list.

Sykes is the ex-wife of Charles Sykes, a Wisconsin conservative radio host who helped to lead the anti-Trump charge ahead of the state’s primary.

Charles Sykes told MSNBC on Wednesday that his wife would be an outstanding choice for the Supreme Court.

But he added that he doesn’t believe anything Trump says, “based on the way he has flip-flopped” and said everything he mentions is a suggestion.

Pryor, the former Alabama attorney general, is an outspoken critic of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion who was at the center of a contested nomination vote back in 2005.

Don Willett, a lauded member of the Texas Supreme Court is also on the list. He is best known for his active Twitter presence, a rarity among judges of his stature.

In addition to recognizing some true conservative picks, Trump’s list suggests (to me, Michelle Jesse), that the candidate is stepping into his role as a leader representing the conservative cause in this country — and an openness to taking input from sound conservative sources.

White House spokesperson Josh No-S0-Earnest didn’t even bother to look at the list before smacking it down and using Trump’s list as a renewed call for the Senate to act on President Obama’s nomination to replace the late Justice Scalia.

Minutes after Donald Trump on Wednesday released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees, the White House did not even need to see the names to blast his choices and advocate for the Senate to move forward with the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

“Let me make this observation: I would be surprised if there are any Democrats who would describe any of those 11 individuals as a consensus nominee,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during a news conference.

“And I think that speaks to the wisdom of the Senate acting on the president’s nomination and I think it speaks to the president’s commitment to fulfilling his constitutional responsibilities to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court in a way that is consistent with his desire to protect the Supreme Court from the kind of partisan wars that it’s been subjected to of late,” Earnest said.

Of course, liberals are already outraged over the fact that Trump’s list is all white — because, after all, competence and principles are secondary to “identity” in the eyes of the liberal progressives trying to transform our republic. Though of course if these potential picks acknowledged “self-identifying” as black, Hispanic, gay or transgender, everything would suddenly be honky dory. But liberals would still attack them for being, um, conservative.

No doubt we’ve heard just the beginnings of liberal picking-apart of Trump’s list. As you listen and hear more, let it remind us all again — and this includes you, #NeverTrump folks — that whether or not Trump was your pick for the GOP, he will heads and shoulders above the alternative.

Time to start uniting.

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]


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