Trump says he wants a woman to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.
Courtesy of NPR:
A day after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, chants of “Fill that seat! Fill that seat!” broke out during President Trump’s campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Saturday.
“That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to fill that seat!” Trump said, saying his supporters should print “Fill that seat!” on T-shirts.
The president also pledged to nominate a woman for the seat, saying “I actually like women much more than I like men.” He went on to “poll” the crowd about whether they’d prefer a man or a woman for the seat. The cheers were much louder for a woman nominee.
“It will be a woman, a very talented, very brilliant woman,” Trump then announced.
Earlier Saturday, Trump had said he expects to announce the nominee next week.
Trump said previous presidents have filled vacancies on the court “every single time,” ignoring the Republican-controlled Senate’s refusal to consider former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland ahead of the 2016 election.
“Nobody said, ‘Let’s not fill that seat,” Trump said. “We win an election, and those are the consequences.”
So clearly Trump is moving forward in direct opposition to Ginsburg’s final wishes.
By the way, if you think those “Fill the seat” chants were spontaneous I have some swampland in Florida to sell you.
In other news, protesters showed up outside of Mitch McConnell’s house last night.
Courtesy of Fox News:
At least one protester was arrested Saturday after a group of about 100 people gathered outside the Kentucky home of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.
The Senate majority leader is a key figure in determining whether a nominee appointed by President Trump will succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court before Election Day.
“Ruth Sent Us,” and “No Ethics No Shame,” read some of the signs carried by crowd members in Louisville, local FOX station WDRB-TV reported.
“Hey-hey, ho-ho, Mitch McConnell has got to go,” others chanted.
This, of course, is only the beginning of what will be the ugliest Supreme Court nomination battle in American history.