The pressure is on President Trump to find a replacement for retiring 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. While the task of nominating another person to the country’s highest court is no easy task and is monumentally important, Trump said there is something else which he considers to be the “most important thing.”
It comes down to everyday Americans.
Trump understands any potential nominee to the post will have to face a confirmation vote by the Senate, where Republicans maintain a slim 51 to 49 lead.
While it is predicted Trump will name Kennedy’s replacement by the end of September, some Democrats in the Senate are looking to resist the process and to delay it. The razor-thin majority is sure to be impacted by the results of the congressional elections in November.
Per Fox News:
Trump did not indicate whom he would nominate to replace the 82-year-old Kennedy, but said he hoped his pick would serve on the Supreme Court for “40 years, 45 years.”
Trump was in Fargo to endorse U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Republicans see Heitkamp’s seat as a key pickup opportunity in their battle to keep the Senate in GOP hands.
“Justice Kennedy’s retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time,” Trump said. “It’s the most important thing we can do … We must elect more Republicans. We have to do that. And the problem is, in the Senate, we have 51. We don’t have enough.”
“Justice Kennedy’s retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the most important issues of our time,” Trump says in North Dakota. “We have to hold the House and maybe even increase it and I think we’ll be able to do it.”
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 28, 2018
Trump needs more conservatives in the Senate to help guarantee his pick’s confirmation to the Supreme Court so senatorial elections across the state just got that much more important. Seemingly vulnerable Democrat Senate seats should be especially focused, like the one in Missouri.
Voters in the state could help flip the seat of Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill with political outsider Tony Monetti
Governor Palin has endorsed Monetti, saying “He’s the man for Missouri [and] he’s a man for America’s future!”
In her endorsement, Palin said that Monetti is a “red-blooded American hero” who is willing to fight to defend the U.S. Constitution as it is written, including peoples’ God-given rights.
“Tony Monetti is a red-blooded American hero who stands up for American values,” Palin said in a statement. “I couldn’t be prouder to support this deserving candidate who’ll defend our Constitution and fight for our God-given rights in Congress, just as he fought in two wars as a combat pilot. He’s the man for Missouri; he’s a man for America’s future!”
A win in the state brings assurance to President Trump who is expected to pick Kennedy’s replacement from a list of 25 individuals he shared during his presidential election in 2016.
Democrats in the Senate are looking to challenge Trump at every turn.
Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer recently said the people on the list were “selected by powerful special interests” and would overturn issues important to the Democrat Party.
“Americans should make it clear that they will not tolerate a nominee chosen from President Trump’s preordained list selected by powerful special interests who will reverse the progress we’ve made over the decades,” Schumer said on the floor of the Senate chamber.
.@SenSchumer on a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Kennedy: “Americans should make it clear that they will not tolerate a nominee chosen from President Trump’s preordained list selected by powerful special interests who will reverse the progress we’ve made over the decades.” pic.twitter.com/TSnGc6M4OV
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 28, 2018
Fellow New York Democrat Senator Kristen Gillibrand similarly said she would not tolerate Trump tapping another conservative to the country’s highest court, giving it a conservative majority.
“Any one of President Trump’s list of proposed SCOTUS justices would overturn Roe v. Wade and threaten our fundamental rights,” Gillibrand tweeted. “I’ll fight to make sure there are no hearings to replace Justice Kennedy until after the election. This is our democracy. Let’s fight like it.”
Any one of President Trump’s list of proposed SCOTUS justices would overturn Roe v. Wade and threaten our fundamental rights. I’ll fight to make sure there are no hearings to replace Justice Kennedy until after the election. This is our democracy. Let’s fight like it. pic.twitter.com/LqPkFrEtin
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 28, 2018
The ball is in the court of voters: More Republicans in the Senate would allow a clear and easy path for Trump’s eventual judicial pick; more Democrats in the Senate would provide them with enough votes to resist the president.