Trump's Newest Supreme Court Shortlist Is Overtly More Political

Clay Curtis
September 21, 2020

Also on the list is Daniel Cameron, the Kentucky Attorney General who is now deciding whether to criminally charge three Louisville police officers in the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician who was killed when officers entered her apartment with a no-knock warrant during a drug investigation.

In addition to Cruz, Cotton, and Hawley, President Trump listed several judges, two former solicitors general of the US, and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R), who spoke at the Republican National Convention last month.

Trump's new names add to another roster he issued earlier in his presidency - majority are judges who Trump has already appointed to lower federal courts. The White House has also made appointing conservative judges to the federal judiciary a key priority of the administration, appointing 205 federal judges over the court of his first term, according the Heritage Foundation's judicial tracker.

More details on the added names can be seen in the White House official release.

The new possible nominees include Bridget Bade, Daniel Cameron, Paul Clement, Kyle Duncan, Steven Engel, Noel Francisco, James Ho, Greg Katsas, Barbara Lagoa, Chris Landau, Carlos Muniz, Martha Pacold, Peter Phipps, Sarah Pitlyk, Allison Rushing, Kate Todd, and Lawrence VanDyke alongside Sens.

Democrats believe doing so would unnecessarily distract from Mr Biden's focus on Mr Trump's handling of the pandemic and the economy, while also giving the president and his allies fresh targets to attack.

After he was declared the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in May 2016, Trump released an initial list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees.

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However, in the first major abortion case before the court during Trump's presidency, the court struck down Louisiana's safety regulations of abortion clinics, a blow to pro-life efforts at the state level.

Trump suggested there is a "radical left" movement that, if allowed to gain power, would enact an agenda opposed by many conservative Christians: expanding abortion rights, removing the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and threatening religious liberty. "He must release a list of justices for people to properly make a decision as to how they will vote, it is very important that he do so". But as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court.

Cotton also considered the pick as an honor.

"This list is teeming with individuals who have alarming anti-LGBTQ and anti-civil rights records, which should be disqualifying for any judicial nominee, let alone a nominee for the Supreme Court", Lambda Legal's Sharon McGowan said in a statement.

"It's humbling and an huge honour to be considered for the Supreme Court", he said. The High Court plays a unique role in defending our Constitution, and there is no greater responsibility in public service than to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

(He is 72.) A President Biden likely would have the opportunity to replace Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, Democratic appointees who are in their 80s.

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