[guest post by Dana]
This is sure to motivate supporters. And it’s possible that it will win over disillusioned Republicans who are not thrilled with Trump but view having more conservatives sitting on the Supreme Court worth their vote:
President Trump on Wednesday announced a new slate of 20 potential nominees to the Supreme Court in the event of a vacancy in his second term in office — or the remainder of his first term — building on a key issue that mobilized conservative voters to support him in 2016 and that has been a major achievement of his presidency for Republicans. The 20 names he listed Wednesday are additions to an original list that has been updated throughout his presidency.
In remarks at the White House, Mr. Trump called appointing justices to the Supreme Court “the most important decision an American president can make.” Mr. Trump said that if he wins a second term, he could possibly be called upon to name up to four justices.
“For this reason, candidates for president owe the American people a specific list of individuals they consider for the United States Supreme Court,” he said.
Let’s cut to the chase. Here’s the list (*note the three siting senators on the list):
Judge Bridget Bade, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Daniel Cameron, Kentucky attorney general
Paul Clement, former solicitor general
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas*
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas*
Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Steven Engel, assistant attorney general at the Justice Department
Noel Francisco, former solicitor general under the Trump administration
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri*
Judge James Ho, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Greg Katsas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Judge Barbara Lagoa, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Christopher Landau, U.S. ambassador to Mexico
Justice Carlos Muniz, Florida Supreme Court
Judge Martha Pacold, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Judge Peter Phipps, 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Sarah Pitlyk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Judge Allison Jones Rushing, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Kate Todd, deputy White House counsel
Judge Lawrence VanDyke, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
The senators responded to having been included on the list:
I appreciate the President’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee. But as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 9, 2020
I’m honored that President Trump asked me to consider serving on the Supreme Court and I’m grateful for his confidence. I will always heed the call of service to our nation. https://t.co/fD10iVx952
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 9, 2020
Am humbled & deeply honored to be on President Trump’s SCOTUS list, released today.
I spent this Summer writing a book on the Supreme Court, telling the inside story of how our constitutional liberties hang in the balance, One Vote Away.
PRE-ORDER here: https://t.co/CspAgcr7yO
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 9, 2020
Ted Cruz not missing an opportunity to hawk his latest book is funny, and so is this:
LOL, Trump says Sen. Cruz—whom he previously taunted as "Lyin' Ted," a Canadian citizen and "not a natural born citizen," and "a very unstable person"—is on his list for SCOTUS.
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) September 9, 2020
Just don’t deride him for not releasing his tax returns:
…Trump derided Biden for not releasing his own list of Supreme Court nominees, claiming he hasn’t done so because his candidates would be “so far left they could never withstand public scrutiny.” The president called on Biden to make public his own slate of Supreme Court candidates.
Reminder: While there are no current vacancies on the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 87 and Justice Stephen Breyer is 82.