Trump Promises to Name His List of SCOTUS Picks

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

The Washington Post reports: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Monday that he plans to soon release a list of seven to 10 people whom he would nominate for the U.S. Supreme Court if he becomes president, pledging to only pick from those names.”

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia left a vacancy and made the Supreme Court an important issue in the presidential campaign. President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, while Senate Republicans said they would block the nomination.

The Washington Post notes: “Trump said there will be some litmus tests to get a spot on his list — for example, he only wants justices who are ‘pro-life’ — but he was vague on the details. ‘We’re going to look at intellect, very important, like we want very, very smart people,’ Trump said. ‘We want conservatives on the Supreme Court.'”

According to The Post, Trump, “received help in compiling the list from the Heritage Foundation.”

Trump said, “We’re going to have a conservative, very good group of judges,” adding that, “I’m going to submit a list of justices, potential justices of the United States Supreme Court that I will appoint, from the list — I won’t go beyond that list.”

Brittany Klein is the co-author of Jephthah’s Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family ‘Equality’ and serves on the board and academic council of the International Children’s Rights Institute.