Trump Walks Back SCOTUS Nominee Picks: It Was Merely A Suggestion? [VIDEO]

Trump Walks Back SCOTUS Nominee Picks: It Was Merely A Suggestion? [VIDEO]

Trump Walks Back SCOTUS Nominee Picks: It Was Merely A Suggestion? [VIDEO]

Trump did it again. Upended the applecart, turned the norm on its ear, and generally caused consternation amongst all. No, I’m not talking about his latest and greatest kerfuffle with the Clintons. I’m talking about SCOTUS – Supreme Court Of The United States.

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We and our readers are well aware of how important, in fact how critical it is that the next nominee and soon to be future nominees (likely 3 more) safeguard and protect our Constitution and our Republic with reasoned thoughtful Constitutional jurisprudence. Thus his SCOTUS announcement yesterday is so very interesting.

“Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country. The following list of potential Supreme Court justices is representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value and, as President, I plan to use this list as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices.”

What is notable is that many on the list are state judges which may be a nod to federalism. Furthermore, seven were appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush and still others worked at the DoJ during the Bush ’43 years.

Steven Colloton (8th Cir.)
Allison Eid (Colorado Sup. Court)
Raymond Gruender (8th Cir.)
Thomas Hardiman (3d. Cir.)
Raymond Kethledge (6th Cir.)
Joan Larsen (Mich. Sup. Court)
Thomas Rex Lee (Utah Sup. Court and brother of Sen. Mike Lee)
William Pryor (11th Cir.)
David Stras (Minnesota Sup. Court)
Diane Sykes (7th Cir.)
Don Willett (Texas Supreme Court)

So why the announcement yesterday? Perhaps because he’s trying to bring skeptics who doubt his ability to win the general election, doubted he understood the importance of picking good Supreme Court justice, and the #NeverTrump group back into the fold?

In the past Trump has mentioned several of the judges on the list, notably Diane Sykes out of Wisconsin. She’s a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and is the ex-wife of Charlie Sykes. Charlie Sykes is a radio talk show host who is definitely NOT a fan of Donald Trump.  Some were clerks for the late Justice Scalia, including Joan Larson who delivered one of the eulogies at his memorial service.

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Another is Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett. He is by far one of the most visible justices the US has ever seen due to his humorous, lighthearted and sometimes pointed commentary on Facebook and Twitter.

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Willett’s twitter feed indicates he’s not necessarily a fan of The Donald.

Then again, I don’t think he’s a Hillary fan either!

Evidently those tweets didn’t disqualify Willett from the list!

You can find brief bios and a video regarding all the judges here. Evidently most if not all on the list had no idea they were being considered as potential future SCOTUS nominees, so the reaction has been one of surprise and distractions from really excellent BBQ!

But here’s the kicker. The list was merely a suggestion of sorts?

Trump Discusses SCOTUS List With Sean Hannity
Trump Discusses SCOTUS List With Sean Hannity

During a long easy going interview with Sean Hannity that evening, Donald Trump implied the list wasn’t as solid as he’d indicated just a few hours prior.

Trump did say that this list would serve as a SCOTUS guide. Therefore, even if he’s already reneging; the list he put together is a strong notable one of some of the very best and brightest young judges out there today.

As flattered as all eleven judges may be regarding their inclusion on Trump’s list; if I were them I wouldn’t hold my breath and count on an actual nomination unless and until the suggestion becomes more of a reality. We have to get through November first.

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  • GWB says:

    The problem is that unless only liberal judges retire/die in the next four years, it won’t matter too awful much. The SCOTUS will still be an almost cesspool of internationalist, social ‘justice’, anti-Constitutionalist, big-gov’t-solution-oriented elitists. (There are only TWO conservatives currently on the bench – Roberts is not included in that number, nor is Kennedy.)
    We need at least Kennedy and Ginsburg gone and replaced with Constitutionalists before we can begin to see consistently correct judgments coming out of SCOTUS.

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