Trump is doing everything possible to get a new justice on the Supreme Court.
His biggest hurdle is getting Senate Republicans on board.
Mitch McConnell gave a huge warning that made Trump stop in his tracks.
A curveball has been thrown into this election season as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at 87 years old on Friday after losing her fifth battle with cancer.
Now politicians are scrambling to deal with the consequences.
Donald Trump has indicated that he would reveal his nominee on Friday or Saturday.
“I think it will be on Friday or Saturday and we want to pay respect, it looks like we will have services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it, and I think we should, with all due respect for Justice Ginsburg, wait for services to be over,” Trump said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested that the vote may be held before the election.
McConnell noted that it took just 19 days to confirm Justice John Paul Stevens in 1975 and the process for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took 42 days.
“The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination. History and precedent make that perfectly clear,” McConnell said while not making a complete commitment to Trump’s request for a vote before the election.
He’s not giving away his plans to the media yet and he asked other GOP senators to do the same.
“Over the coming days, we are all going to come under tremendous pressure from the press to announce how we will handle the coming nomination,” McConnell wrote in the letter. “For those of you who are unsure how to answer, or for those inclined to oppose giving a nominee a vote, I urge you all to keep your powder dry.” He urged them not to “lock yourselves into a position you may later regret.”
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have already indicated that they wouldn’t vote with Republicans if a vote for the Supreme Court came before Election Day.
Collins said in a statement Saturday: “In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.”
McConnell argued in his letter that the Senate was following “the Biden rule in 2016, which provided that the Senate would not fill Supreme Court vacancies that arise in president election years when the presidency and the Senate majority are held by opposing parties.”
There’s no reason, because of the election or the timeline, for the Senate not to confirm Trump’s nominee.
The GOP has promised for years that they appoint judges that will uphold the Constitution and now is their chance to fulfill their promises.
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