(Tea Party PAC) – In 2016, before Donald Trump had had a chance to prove himself to the American people, there were many reluctant voters who ticked the box next to his name simply because they couldn’t stomach the idea of a Hillary Clinton-appointed Supreme Court nominee.
There are many good reasons that Trump won the 2016 election (none of which, as it happens, have anything to do with Russia), and high on the list is the fact that Americans simply couldn’t bear the idea of four to eight years of Clinton, much less decades of her influence were she allowed to appoint the next justice.
So Trump knows how important it is to Americans to know that an originalist Justice will take the next vacant place, and he wants us to know he’s taking it seriously.
If a vacancy were to come up on the Supreme Court before the 2020 election, Trump said that he would be sure to promptly fill the seat:
“Would I do that? Of course,” Trump declared in a recent exclusive interview with The Hill when asked if he’d fill the post during campaign season.
In 2016, Trump opposed former President Barack Obama’s effort to put his own nominee, Merrick Garland, in the court justt before the election, supporting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) decision to block that nomination.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 24, 2019
There’s a big difference, however, between that nomination and Trump’s hypothetical campaign season nomination, however, as he explained.
“They couldn’t get him approved. That’s the other problem because they didn’t have the Senate. If they had the Senate, they would have done it,” Trump said of the Democrats.
“I mean, we have the Senate. We have a great Senate. We have great people. If we could get him approved, I would definitely do it. No, I’d do it a lot sooner than that. I’d do it. If there were three days left, I’d put somebody up hoping that I could get ’em done in three days, OK?” he added.
As President, he’s already secured two excellent Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh, the latter of course, which was not confirmed without an all-out brawl on the part of the hysterical Democrats, who framed the man for sexual abuse in his teen years in the eleventh hour of his hearing.
Gorsuch, who is 51, was confirmed 54-45 in 2017, and Kavanaugh, 54, was approved 50-48 after the attempted character assassination.
The other Justices nominated by past Republican presidents are also all relatively young, Breitbart notes: Chief Justice John Roberts is 64, Clarence Thomas is 71, and Sam Alito is 69.
Of Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, Sonia Sotomayor is 64 while Elena Kagan is 59.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, however, is 86 and has recently been struggling with her health, infamously disappearing from the public eye for months on end last year sparking speculation that she had actually passed away, while Stephen Breyer is 80.
Last month, McConnell said that if a vacancy opens up on the court during the 2020 campaign season, Republicans will act quickly.
“Oh, we’d fill it,” McConnell said during a recent event, to laughter from the audience.
Judicary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), however, said that there may be a new precedent for waiting.
“If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait until the next election,” Graham said last year.