President Trump promised on Thursday afternoon to release a new list of potential Supreme Court justices that he will choose from if given the opportunity depending on whether he is reelected on November 3, 2020.
“I will be releasing a new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees, which may include some, or many of those already on the list, by September 1, 2020,” the president tweeted.
“If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before (Second Amendment, Right to Life, Religious Liberty, etc.) – VOTE 2020!”
The president’s tweet follows a string of losses that the court dealt both conservatives and the Trump Administration this week.
On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the four liberal justices in the decision.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Bostock vs. Clayton County to redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” for the purposes of Title VII anti-discrimination law. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the decision and was joined by Chief Justice Roberts and the four liberal justices.
Senate Democrats have warned former Vice President Joe Biden against releasing his own Supreme Court list. “I sincerely hope he does not do that,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said. “We ought to go back to the regular order of things.”
In the 2016 election, many pundits credit President Trump’s original Supreme Court list for his electoral victory. According to The Washington Post, in 2016 over a quarter of Republican voters voted for President Trump mainly so that he would place conservative justices on the court.
It remains to be seen how the president’s future Supreme Court list will impact the upcoming election.
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