"If you're a conservative Republican, the four named - particularly Thomas Hardiman".
According to NBC News, many advocates for LGBTQ rights and civil rights have expressed concerns about the president's alleged shortlist of nominees, especially since they will be replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was an important swing vote in many cases.
Departing his New Jersey golf club on Sunday afternoon, Trump told reporters he was still making up his mind. He claimed that due to how dysfunctional the two parties were, it is unlikely that many Democrats would support a Trump nominee. In the presidential debates he vowed to appoint only justices committed to "automatically" overturning Roe v Wade, the precedent which affirmed abortion as legal until the age of viability of the fetus, normally put at 23 or 24 weeks of pregnancy.
With a slim one vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice, that is if Democrats hold together in opposition. "I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here and I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months". An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) told the president over the weekend that Hardiman and Kethledge would face the fewest obstacles to confirmation.
It is not exaggeration to say that the prospect of tipping the balance of the Supreme Court was the reason why evangelical conservative voters, who had plenty of reason to worry about Trump's character, made a decision to stick with him during the 2016 election campaign.
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Trump is also believed to be studying Brett Kavanaugh, 53, of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and a Yale Law School graduate.
In the course of the 2016 election, Trump made changing the face of the United States supreme court a key campaign pledge that was instrumental in firing up his base of right-wing conservative voters. "We've been talking about this for 36 years going all the way back to the nomination of Sandra O'Connor, and after that you only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe".
Current position: Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to a lifetime appointment on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals this past October.
Track record: Barrett's recent ascension to the appeals court means she does not have the long, conservative record that lawmakers on the right find reassuring.
Of the other two, he added: "Ray Kethledge and Tom Hardiman, they're a little bit less known by conservatives". As an attorney, Kavanaugh worked for the special counsel investigating former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually impeached, and also worked for the Bush campaign during the 2000 presidential election recount.
The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), whose leaders pushed Justice Neil Gorsuch over the finish line past year, are getting their war chests ready. "And we have a great country, folks".