Donald Trump just made this huge announcement about the Supreme Court’s future
The Supreme Court is sure to be one of the centerpieces of the 2020 Presidential election.
President Trump’s promise to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat with a like-minded conservative helped fuel his victory in 2016.
And now, Donald Trump just made this huge announcement about the Supreme Court’s future.
During an interview with The Hill, President Trump responded to a question about a possible Supreme Court vacancy during the 2020 election.
In 2016, Republicans famously blocked a vote on Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated the American people should have their say since Republicans controlled the Senate and a Democrat was in the White House.
Republicans believed the voters should decide who they wanted picking Supreme Court judges.
And Americans chose Donald Trump.
But in 2020, circumstances are different.
Republicans control the White House and the Senate.
Mitch McConnell stated he would hold a confirmation vote on a Supreme Court nominee in 2020 because divided government — at least in terms of the Senate and White House — no longer exists.
President Trump told The Hill he agrees with this and would press forward with a nominee should an opening occur next year.
During a portion of an interview with Hill.TV released on Monday, President Trump stated that if a Supreme Court vacancy opens up between now and 2020, he will nominate someone to fill the vacancy.
After Trump said he would “Absolutely” nominate someone to fill any vacancy that arises between now and 2020, Hill.TV host Saagar Enjeti asked, “But do you square that with Merrick Garland?”
Trump answered, “No. I have a lot of respect for Judge Garland, by the way. I have to tell you that.”