President Donald Trump, reeling from the loss of two important Supreme Court cases, has just announced that he is set to release a new list of possible nominees he would consider if he has the opportunity to nominate a third justice to the bench.
The announcement came from a statement posted on Twitter, where the president highlighted the recent Supreme Court decisions were a disappointment to many conservatives.
While there is no telling whose names will wind up on the list, there are a few indications.
…Based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before (Second Amendment, Right to Life, Religous Liberty, etc.) – VOTE 2020!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
In the post above, the president cites the need to protect the unborn, the Second Amendment, and religious liberty. Given these facts, he is likely to select judges that agree with his positions on these issues. It is also likely that he will use his past Supreme Court nomination list as a guide, re-selecting judges that have already met his base’s approval.
The previous list includes male and female judges. Some were nominated by the president himself, while others were appointed by former United States President George W. Bush and Republican governors.
President Trump’s move is likely to put Democrat nominee Joe Biden in a difficult position. His supporters, along with those who are considering supporting him, may want him to comment on future Supreme Court nominations. He hasn’t said much about the topic in the past except to indicate that he would like to nominate an African-American woman. But that may not be good enough for the rabid, Democratic Party voting base.
Far-left members of Biden’s party may want the former VP to commit to appointing progressive judges. However, such a move would cost him needed support in swing states with strong support for Second Amendment rights. On the other hand, publicly supporting the appointment of moderately liberal judges could disappoint the progressives he needs to vote for him. The former vice president is already struggling to win over Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters, many of whom are not enthusiastic about supporting a moderate Democrat with a long, sordid political history.
The importance of the Supreme Court cannot be overstated. Its nine members wield incredible power that, sadly, has been used to make decisions with disastrous consequences. It was the Supreme Court that legalized abortion throughout the land, allowed gays to legally marry, and infringed on the rights of business owners and religious organizations and institutions by expanding title IX rights far beyond their original scope.
As several justices get on in years, it is not unrealistic to expect that the next President of the United States will appoint at least one justice to the Supreme Court. Whoever wins the upcoming election, be it Trump or Biden, has the power to shape the nation for the foreseeable future.