Why Trump Will Appoint a Woman to the Supreme Court

In a fast-acting move meant to position the GOP for the midterm elections, President Donald Trump announced that he will unveil his new Supreme Court justice pick on July 9 — less than two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy unveiled his plans to retire.  The White House released a public list of the potential 24 contenders immediately after the news of Kennedy’s retirement, and pundits have speculated ever since over just who will make the final cut.

But one thing is becoming abundantly clear already: The next nominee will be a woman.

Of the 24 shortlist candidates vetted and approved of by conservative groups like Heritage Foundation, Federalist Society and the Family Research Council, a mere six potential nominees are female. But five is more than enough, and the president signaled that he’s considering at least two of them right now.

“I’ve got it narrowed to about five [candidates],” President Trump said, according to CNN. He added that the five included two women.

Perhaps surprisingly, considering their general bent against women in power, many conservative groups are actually encouraging the president to choose a woman as the final nominee.

Emma Green reports at The Atlantic:

For its part, Americans United for Life has already picked out a few favorites: Foster named Allison Eid, Diane Sykes, Bill Pryor, and Thomas Hardiman as top picks, along with Amy Coney Barrett, the former Notre Dame professor who recently faced a tough federal appellate-court confirmation process. Although a couple of men made [AUL president Catherine Glenn Foster's] short list, she is hoping for ‘one of those outstanding female candidates, to provide some ideological balance on the Court.

Meanwhile, a petition hosted by Secular Pro-Life, New Wave Feminists and other feminist-identifying anti-abortion groups urges the White House to pick a female nominee:

Four women have served on the Supreme Court, and all four have consistently ruled in favor of the abortion industry. They have even endorsed the misogynistic notions that women rely on abortion for professional success and that women cannot ‘enjoy equal citizenship stature’ without abortion. The majority of American women support common-sense abortion limits, and we deserve judicial representation. A pro-life woman on our nation’s highest court will be a living rebuke to those who falsely equate abortion with women’s empowerment.

These anti-abortion groups may be pushing the administration for representation reasons, but other opponents are agreeing simply in hopes of getting a nominee more easily through the confirmation process.

According to Politico:

Asked whether he’s advocating for a woman for the slot, [Weekly Standard editor Bill] Kristol said: “Not sure if it’s a good idea but suspect Trump may think it’s a good idea — Just speculating Trump might be inclined toward that, especially since [Republican Senator Susan] Collins and [Republican Senator Lisa] Murkowski are two of the obvious possible defectors.”

Abortion rights legal activists agree that a female justice nomination is an inevitability, too.

Legal analyst Jessica Mason Pieklo writes at Rewire.news:

This works in Trump’s favor in several ways. First, he’ll preen about how much he loves women. I can already hear him: “Look at me! I love women so much I just appointed one to replace a man at the Supreme Court! Nobody loves women more than me.”

And finally, what could be more perfect from an evangelical standpoint than to have a woman kill abortion rights? They’ll even call it feminism.

Like the others, I too believe that the new nominee will be female — and I even have a potential candidate in mind: Judge Margaret Ryan. As a former clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, it’s likely that she shares the same far-right, social conservative belief system. Yet as a judge in the military courts rather than civilian, Ryan has little track record of rulings on hot button issues that give Democrats the fodder to hold up or outright oppose her confirmation.

But whether the nominee is Ryan or another woman, it’s inevitable that the right to an abortion — as well as so many other civil rights — will be in her hands. Unfortunately for progressives, that’s a horrifying situation — regardless of which woman President Trump chooses.

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Tania N
Tania N5 months ago

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Tania N5 months ago

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Tania N5 months ago

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Tania N5 months ago

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld5 months ago

Susanne R.,
And after that investigation, he determined that they are just a distraction to the office. Every president has handed out pardons to convicted criminals. Bush and Obama handed out an average of 25 pardons per year. To date, Trump has handed out just 7, one of which was issued posthumously.

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 months ago

That's right, Shirley! He chose the man (Brett Kavanagh) who believes that a sitting president should not be the subject of an investigation during his term of service because it interferes with his many important duties. (Golfing and holding rallies where he insults his enemies and brags about himself are duties?) And this is the same Justice who assisted Ken Starr in his investigation of President Clinton --which led to his impeachment. But he doesn't believe that a sitting president should be investigated. Well, if he gets approved, trump will control the Supreme Court and God only knows how many pardons he'll hand out to the criminals who helped get him elected. Ken Starr went on to become the President of Baylor University and left in shame for ignoring the sexual abuse, including gang rapes, that Baylor's football team members were getting away with. We can't mess up a winning season because young women are being raped. Someone has to serve as sacrificial lambs to the mighty heroes...

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Shirley P
Shirley Plowman5 months ago

HE SURE DID NOT, AND NEVER WOULD HAVE!!!!!!

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Amanda M
Amanda M5 months ago

It doesn't matter who Twitler chooses-they're all against every form of progress this country has made towards genuine equal rights for all Americans! He only sees rich white hetero Christian MEN as "real people," and he wants this country remade into his sick and twisted image that way. Whoever he chooses will NOT be someone who's going to help the rights of women, nonwhites, LGBTQs, the working class/poor, or non-Christians! The Rethuglican Religious Reich already stole one seat from the American people by refusing to even CONSIDER Obama's pick, and they should NOT be allowed to steal another from us by voting on someone this close to the midterm elections!

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Danii P
Past Member 5 months ago

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Danii P
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