Opinion: President Trump's SCOTUS nominee should be confirmed before midterm elections
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Trump is going to select a nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The president promised during his campaign that he would nominate judges who stick to the constitution on all issues.
That is what he did with Justice Neil Gorsuch and that is what President Trump will do with the next nomination to the high court.
The president will be announcing his pick to replace Justice Kennedy soon. That will be done so that the Senate will be able to hear from the nominee and vote on a nomination before the midterm elections in November.
Critics of this position have falsely argued that since Majority Leader Mitch McConnell withheld hearings for Merrick Garland in 2016, before the presidential election, Republicans should hold off on nominating anyone until after the November midterms.
This is easily debunked. Justice Elena Kagan was nominated by President Obama in 2010 and confirmed in August of that year. That was less than three months before those midterm elections.
Democrats are scrambling because their candidates running for re-election in deep red states such as Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, will likely have to vote for the president’s nominee to improve their chances of being re-elected.
Here’s the bottom line: The American people spoke in 2016. They said that they want a president who will appoint judges who believe in the constitution and don’t try to legislate from the bench. Nominating and confirming a second conservative Justice to the Supreme Court will be a huge achievement for the President and Senate Republicans. It will further cement their reputation as defenders of the rule of law and the constitution.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.