Sen. Richard Blumenthal says President Trump has become the “puppet” of outside conservative groups in the selection of the next U.S. Supreme Court justice.
“The president’s outsourced this decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation,” Mr. Blumenthal said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “It is extraordinary. I was a law clerk to Justice Blackmon. I’ve argued cases before the Supreme Court—four of them. I’ve never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Pres. Trump's upcoming SCOTUS nomination: "The president's outsourced his decision to The Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation…I've never seen a president of the United States in effect, make himself a puppet of outside groups" #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/4LsXkq6GzX
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 8, 2018
Last November, the White House published a list of 25 judges who would be considered for future nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Trump drew from a similar list of 25 last year, when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the highest court. That list was crafted during the presidential election with heavy input from the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation.
Mr. Blumenthal said the president is committed to nominating someone who will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that created a constitutional right to abortion.
“If you look at what the president’s said, which is he will nominate someone only if that person is committed to automatically overturning Roe v. Wade,” he said. “If you look at what the president said of [Chief Justice] John Roberts, his berating Roberts for failing to strike down the Affordable Care Act. He certainly has criteria.”
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says he believes any of the president’s apparent finalists would be able to muster the majority needed to be confirmed by the Unites States Senate, NBC reports.
“I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned,” Blunt said. “I think they’re good judges. I think they would be fine justices on the Supreme Court. I do think the president has to think about who would be the easiest to get confirmed here.”
The Democrat’s top-ranking Sen. Dick Durbin implored Democrats to “really take this seriously,” imploring his colleagues to understand “it’s a historic decision. It will decide the future of this court for a generation or more.” Several Democratic senators are facing tough re-election bids in red states where then-candidate Trump handily won in 2016. Three of those Democrats voted to confirm Trump’s last nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Durbin said that nomination should be instructive for Democrats. “Neil Gorsuch, chosen by the Federalist Society as well, has gone to the bench, is voting in lockstep on the Republican, conservative side, and they want to fill this vacancy to give them an advantage in future rulings,” the Illinois Democrat said.
WATCH: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says Senator McConnell is 'totally inconsistent' on Supreme Court rules #MTP #IfItsSunday@SenatorDurbin: "Get real”…Sen. McConnell is "either wrong the first time, or he's wrong the second time." pic.twitter.com/yAa59Nwz34
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 8, 2018
Progressives (Communists) are right to be afraid that whoever President Trump appoints to the Supreme Court will join other conservatives in repealing Roe – a flawed decision that should never have been made in the first place.
Millions of sane Americans believe that protecting the lives of millions of unborn children is our moral duty. The media might ignore our view, or try to portray us as opponents of women’s rights, but hundreds of thousands of Americans have marched on Washington every year since Roe v. Wade was handed down, calling for an end to the abortion-on-demand industry in America.
And no matter how you slice the polls, a consistent majority of Americans believe abortion should at least be restricted.
there is precedent for overturning Supreme Court precedents. The Supreme Court has erred in the past by dehumanizing African-Americans in decisions like Dred Scott v. Sanford, and Plessy v. Ferguson that justified the moral injustices of slavery and racial segregation. It erred in 1973 with the Roe v. Wade decision in dehumanizing unborn children and justifying aborting them.
So Supreme Court precedent is not sacrosanct. Justices on the nation’s highest court are fallible human beings and they can make – and have made – mistakes. No one should pretend that Roe v. Wade was handed down to us on stone tablets from God.
On a broader level, many on the left are finally realizing that the Supreme Court – one of their favorite tools to force their political beliefs on the rest of the country – could be out of their control for decades after the appointment of a new conservative justice.
Thanks to the decision by retired Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to allow lower court judges and executive branch employees to win Senate confirmation by a simple majority – rather than a two-thirds majority – the next Supreme Court nominee will need only 51 Senate votes to be confirmed, rather than a two-thirds majority of 67 in the 100-member Senate.
Republicans followed Reid’s lead and extended his jettisoning of the two-third nominating requirement to the Supreme Court.
Because Republicans – who hold 51 seats in the Senate— need only 51 votes to confirm the next justice, you might think they’d have no problem confirming whoever President Trump nominates.
However, Sen. Collins has indicated she will oppose any nominee who she thinks will overturn Roe v. Wade. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, might also vote against a nominee she thinks would overturn Roe.
All this means the outcome of a confirmation vote is uncertain. Republicans are hoping to pick up a small number of Democratic votes to close the gap, with the expected Democratic votes coming from the 10 red state incumbent Democratic senators up for re-election in November.
Most Republicans want to put the Supreme Court out of reach of the left for a generation or more. In fact, the fight for the Supreme Court is why many evangelicals and Catholics broke late for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. He rewarded them with the appointment of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
It appears the president will again reward his base with another relatively young Federalist Society judge who will show a fidelity to the Founding Fathers’ view of the Constitution – a terrifying thought to the left. That’s because the founders didn’t contemplate or intend the courts to be policymakers and legislate from the bench – a favorite tactic of the left.
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July 8th, 2018