Trump says he thinks 2020 election will end up at Supreme Court

Elias Hubbard
September 24, 2020

Almost six in 10 Americans say that the president elected in November should be the one to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee who faces his own tough race in SC, estimated it will help him in win.

The president had earlier this week suggested they might meet in Florida.

"Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg's position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed", he said.

The top contender for Trump's nomination is Amy Coney Barrett, a judge of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Midwest.

Murkowski did emphasize that she opposed the confirmation process occurring fast and close to the election.

A Trump nomination would give conservatives a six-three majority on the Court, which would greatly dilute the ability of Roberts to follow a more centrist path and would significantly isolate the remaining liberal voices.

"I came down on the side of the Constitution and precedent as I've studied it and [made] the decision on that basis", he said.

"It's a big part of why most people in this country think Washington is a problem, period", he said, launching into an impassioned diatribe on the federal government's response to COVID-19. Supreme Court appointments, which are to lifetime posts, require Senate confirmation. Trump's fellow Republicans hold 53 of the chamber's 100 seats.

RBG, which won an Emmy award and was nominated for two Oscars, traced Justice Ginsburg's legal legacy, personal life and strenuous workouts that earned her the moniker Notorious RBG.

"I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling, it's a scam, this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court", he told reporters at the White House.

The success of the gay rights movement was the lone significant civil rights advance during Ginsburg's time on the court.

Trump has not previously so explicitly connected the Supreme Court nomination process to the prospect of a disputed election.

"It's a really exciting time", said Carrie Severino, president of the conservative advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network.

Trump has said he would announce his choice Saturday.

Michael Wilner is a White House correspondent for McClatchy. That February, just before a crucial presidential primary debate in SC, the sudden death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia sent shockwaves through Washington.

Ginsburg died Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer at 87.

On Friday, Justice Ginsburg will lie in state at the Capitol, the first woman to do so and only the second Supreme Court justice after William Howard Taft.

Beyond the expected partisan gap on this question (59% of Democrats call the court too conservative, Republicans split between saying it is about right, 44%, and too liberal, 46%), there is also a divide by gender over whether the court is too conservative: 39% of women say it is compared with 28% of men.

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