Donald Trump this week announced a list of 11 Supreme Court Justices that he hopes to nominate as president. This was perhaps the biggest roadblock Trump faced when trying to get conservatives fully behind his candidacy. While there will still be holdouts, this list should go a long way towards unifying the party.
“I have a lot of people that are conservative that really like me, love everything I stand for, but they really would like to know my view,” Trump said on Fox News. “Because perhaps outside of the defense of our country, the single most important thing the next president is going to have to do is pick Supreme Court justices.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he was impressed with Trump’s choices.
“Understanding the types of judges a presidential nominee would select for the Supreme Court is an important step in this debate so the American people can have a voice in the direction of the Supreme Court for the next generation,” he said.
Some have accused Trump of pandering with his list, but what’s wrong with that? This isn’t like Hillary telling black radio DJs that she always keep hot sauce in her purse. This is a statement of political intent, so the only question is whether or not he will live up to his word.
Conservatives have been worried that he’s a liberal in disguise, but the truth is that he’s just not terribly political. His main issue is to stop wasting American money on bad international deals. He’s been talking about that issue since the late 1980s, and it is what has driven this entire campaign. That’s why he’s struggled with social choices and issues. It’s not that he’s lying to shore up conservative support; it’s that he doesn’t really think about it one way or the other.
For some, that’s a big problem. But let’s not forget, we’re not choosing between Donald Trump and the greatest conservative who ever lived. We’re choosing between Trump and Hillary Clinton. And no one should be confused about the kind of Justices Hillary would appoint.
In the meantime, the Republican-led Senate has a big choice ahead of them. Do they give in and verify Merrick Garland or do they stick with their promise to wait until the next president is sworn in? If they act now, they can avoid the dismal scenario where Hillary nominates someone much more liberal. It’s a dilemma. Republicans have to consider how likely it is for Trump to be elected.
That likelihood is growing stronger by the day. The last few national polls have shown Trump moving ahead of Hillary.