Trump unveils list of his top Supreme Court picks


#1

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he’s elected to the White House.

Trump’s picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.

Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump had previously named Pryor and Sykes as examples of kind of justices he would choose.

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#2

fox8.com/2016/05/18/donald-trump-unveils-list-of-11-potential-supreme-court-justices/

ERSEY CITY, N.J.— Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Trump’s picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.

Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas.

Trump said in March he planned to release the list to ease concerns about his conservative credentials in the Republican primary.

He said then the list would include judges “that everybody respects, likes and totally admires” and “great conservative judges, great intellects, the people that you want.”


#3

Great. He followed through. What do we know about these judges?


#4

Steven Colloton of Iowa – 53 years old – appointed by Bush

Raymond Gruender of Missouri – 52 years old – nominated by Bush

Allison Eid of Colorado – 51 years old – appointed by Bush

Hardiman of Pennsylvania – 50 years old – appointed by Bush

Raymond Kethledge of Michigan – 49 years old – appointed by Bush

Joan Larsen of Michigan – Republican – appointed by Rick Snyder

William Pryor of Alabama – 54 years old – appointed by Bush

David Stras of Minnesota – 41 years old – appointed by Tim Pawlenty

Diane Sykes of Wisconsin – 58 years old – appointed by Bush

Thomas Lee of Utah – 52 years old – appointed by Gary Herbert, Republican

Don Willett of Texas – 49 years old – appointed by Rick Perry


#5

I don’t know much about him, but if Thomas Lee is anything like his brother, he will make a FANTASTIC Justice


#6

Thanks for the list. I’ll find what I can on these.

The next President will replace at the very minimum one, probably 2 or 3 in the next term, and if re-elected, probably 4 (possibly as many as 5) when it’s all said and done due to the ages of the current justices:

  • Antonin Scalia (conservative): deceased
  • Ruth Ginsberg (liberal): age 83 (87 @ end of 1st term, 91 @ end of 2nd term if re-elected)
  • Kennedy (moderate to conservative): age 80 (84 @ end of 1st term, 88 @ end of 2nd term if re-elected)
  • Stephen Breyer (liberal): age 78 (82 @ end of 1st term, 86 @ end of 2nd term if re-elected)
  • Clarence Thomas (conservative): age 68 (72 at end of 1st term, 76 at end of 2nd term if re-elected)
  • Samuel Alito (conservative): age 66 (70 @ end of 1st term, 74 @ end of 2nd term if re-elected)
  • John Roberts (conservative to moderate): age 61 (65 @ end of 1st term, 69 @ end of 2nd term if re-elected)
  • Sonia Sotomoyer (liberal): age 62 (66 @ end of 1st term, 70 @ end of 2nd term if re-elected)
  • Elena Kagan (liberal): age 56 (60 @ end of first term, 64 @ end of 2nd term if re-elected)

#7

If Mr. Trump was given a photo of each of these individuals, could he name them all correctly? How many of these people has he personally met? Or are these just the suggestions from the Heritage Foundation that Mr. Trump is echoing as his own?

Thankfully it is highly unlikely that Mr. Trump will have the opportunity to name anyone to the Court.


#8

Far, far better than NARAL naming them, which is what will happen if Clinton is elected.

To really know what a particular justice would be like, one would have to read dozens of his/her opinions at minimum, and tease out the philosophical underpinnings of those decisions. Neither Trump nor Clinton will do that. They will rely on people who do follow the courts closely to do it.


#9

This list goes a long way towards removing my reservations about his pro-life credentials


#10

Isn’t this really just criticism for the sake of criticism? Do you think any President or Presidential candidate could really do what you are suggesting?


#11

NARAL, and anti-2nd amendment folks like The Brady Campaign and Bloomberg’s Everytown.


#12

He has zero pro-life credentials, but this list is very important because the SC Justices have a profound impact on our nation.


#13

Oh, absolutely. Our rights will be so narrowed to “fit modern thought” that the only rights we’ll have left will be the rights to have free abortions, marry people of our own gender, and pay taxes.

A former Bill Clinton appointee would add the right to have sex with 12-year-olds if she could, and perhaps Hillary’s appointees will lower it below that age.


#14

You mean, as a opposed to one of the weakest candidates the Democrats have had in decades?

Trump (I am not a fan of his) managed to beat a very deep Republican bench–16 people lost to him. Hillary cannot even legitimately beat a 74 year-old Democratic Socialist.


#15

We know Judge Bill Pryor; he is from our area, and from an extremely fine Catholic family. His dad was a permanent deacon and band director at our Catholic High School.

I still don’t trust Trump as far as I could throw him; this list shows me that he realizes there are plenty of folks in the same boat as I.


#16

One problem for Hillary is Bernie is honest about what is. Hillary wants to hide the fact that she is what Bernie is: a socialist , and we all know she’s a lousy, though well-practiced, prevaricator


#17

Indeed, a crucial distinction. And this list lends credibility to the case that Trump is a Republican, a centrist Republican.


#18

A candidate SHOULD be able to do that if they are suggesting a list of names.


#19

To your first point, Hillary Clinton certainly has her flaws.

To your second point, while the GOP field was large, it wasn’t very deep. If it was, Trump wouldn’t be the nominee.


#20

I do not believe Trump is prolife, nor is he a conservative or a Republican. I do think he’s an opportunist, and though I really don’t think he wanted to be President when he began his run, I think he sees winning the White House has become a very real possibility for him and he will take every opportunity he can to win the White House. He knows he has to have traditional conservatives to win–so he is going along with those people.

I have no idea if we can trust him or not–yet his list of judges is an awful lot different than what Hillary or Sanders would offer. It’s a good first step.


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