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Trump pledges to pick female Supreme Court justice

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/19/20, 10:57 pm

Voters will find out in the coming week whom President Donald Trump wants to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87. At a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., the president declared the choice would be “a very talented, very brilliant woman.” Amy Coney Barrett, a pro-life, Catholic judge from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is considered an early favorite—the White House included her on the shortlist of contenders from which Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh to fill former Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat in 2018.

Will the nominee get confirmed before the election? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to bring the nomination up for a vote, though it could happen during the lame duck session between the Nov. 3 election and inauguration. Democrats say Republicans should follow the precedent they set in 2016 when McConnell blocked President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in an election year. GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska both said whoever wins on Nov. 3 should pick Ginsburg’s replacement. It would take two more GOP defections for a confirmation vote to fail.

Dig deeper: Listen to Mary Reichard’s conversation with the Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm about the president’s updated list of nominees.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Heidi B
    Posted: Sun, 09/20/2020 07:59 am

    Why a woman? That is entirely sexist to completely rule out all men just because they are male! Mr. President, don't fall for the feminist, sexist cultural pressures! Pick the best, most qualified person of the highest moral character for the job no matter if they are male or female, what the color of their skin is, or any other superficial characteristic. "Man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart." (1 Sam. 16:7)

  •  CherylQuilts's picture
    Posted: Sun, 09/20/2020 11:45 am

    Heidi, it's quite possible that the President has already made a decision. He has often alluded to something before an official announcement. So he may not be making a decision based on anything else but qualifications. We are all continuing to pray for our country and for God's will to be done. I praise God that He is sovereign over all. 

  • Laura W
    Posted: Sun, 09/20/2020 03:27 pm

    Given what happened to the last nominee, there may be pragmatic considerations involved as well.

  • not silent
    Posted: Mon, 09/21/2020 02:28 pm

    Whether we like it or not, the nomination of Supreme Court Justices is very political.  This is manifest in many ways, such as ensuring that the candidate has the right views on issues like abortion.  I personally think this choice has much more to do with all the complicated political considerations instead of being solely based on the sex of the candidate.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Mon, 09/21/2020 10:41 am

    Choosing a woman because she's a woman is as descriminatory as what RBG faced early on in her career as a lawyer. While he's at it, maybe he can choose a Protestant. We don't have any of those. We have Jews and Catholics. Yet, the population in the US has a very strong Protestant presence which is seriously underrepresented in the nation's highest court. 

    At the time of Scalia's untimely and very mysterious death, I couldn't understand Mitch McConnell's stall and delay tactic to allow Obama to nominate a replacement. For about a year the Supreme Court operated under an ominous and impending even split decision. The mantra was then, "Let's let the new president decide." Now McConnell is hurrying through to give Trump another appointee. Is he afraid Trump WON'T be the new president? He should be singing the same tune. Let the new president decide. There is no way for an appointee to be approved during the time remaining anyway.

  • hrh
    Posted: Wed, 09/23/2020 12:19 pm

    Two HUGE differences between then and now:

    1. then-POTUS's party did not hold the Senate, i.e., Dem POTUS/GOP Senate; this year it's a GOP POTUS/GOP Senate.

    2. then-POTUS was a lameduck and could NOT be relected; this year POTUS is NOT a lameduck and could be reelected.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 09/21/2020 02:52 pm

    How about choosing a non-Ivy League law graduate? That would be real diversification.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Mon, 09/21/2020 03:14 pm

    Amen! Someone who can locate North Dakota or Nebraska on the map. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 09/21/2020 03:31 pm

    I'm in favor of President Trump nominating a Justice as quickly as possible. Also in favor of confirmation as quickly as possible. 

    Being "nice" or "considerate" or "fair" to the Dems by deciding to wait until after the election would just come back to bite us.  There's no rule that says an appointment has to wait. The fact that the Republican led Senate prevented Obama's pick from being confirmed does not create any obligation to wait. 

    CAN confirmation be done quickly?  That's another question. Guess we'll find out. 

    btw, no matter who President Trump nominates, they will be mercilessly trashed and slandered by the Dems. If the nominee is a woman, and a member of a minority group, that just helps blunt some of the attacks. 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 09/22/2020 11:25 am

    What? Judging from the nature of the comments concerning the president's saying he'll choose a woman to replace RBG, it appears that not all readers agree...well that's something new. He's no longer perfect?

  • hrh
    Posted: Wed, 09/23/2020 12:21 pm

    Who ever said he was perfect, if by he, you mean POTUS?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 09/24/2020 12:01 am

    President Trump is FAR from perfect. As am I.  And you. And everyone. I have never heard anyone say they think Mr. Trump is perfect. 

    Here's the thing:  we know some of the evils espoused by Mr. Trump's Democratic Party opponent, along with almost all Democrats. AND WE DO NOT WANT TO BE THE PEOPLE WHO DID NOT TRY TO STOP THE EVIL.