CNN is reporting that the two judges who are considered to be the finalists for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination are on their way to Washington, D.C., ahead of Trump’s SCOTUS nominee announcement in just a few days.
— CNN (@CNN) January 31, 2017
In characteristic Trump-ian, fanfare gorging style, Trump will be announcing his pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court via a live televised production at 8 PM this Thursday night. Trump announced the upcoming reality TV style fanfare for the occasion of his Supreme Court pick unveiling in a tweet last week.
I will be making my Supreme Court pick on Thursday of next week.Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
The task to nominate someone to fill Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court was originally President Obama’s to complete — but that’s a different story. Just make sure to thank Senate Republicans for continuing to work as hard as they can to clear the way for the implementation of Trump’s agenda.
The two judges who are reportedly on their way to D.C. ahead of Trump’s SCOTUS announcement are Thomas Hardiman and Neil Gorsuch, with the latter widely perceived as the front runner for Scalia’s old job.
Mother Jones calls Gorsuch a “conservative in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia and an ‘originalist’ who tries to interpret the law as the Founders would have.” Notably, he was one of the judges who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby when the craft store wound up in a court case over their refusal to pay for birth control as a part of their employee healthcare plans.
Hardiman, on the other hand, was described at one point as a veritable protege of former Senator Rick Santorum. He has, in various court cases, worked to defend communities seeking to block low income developments and lobbied against schools being allowed to use a blunt, anatomically correct statement as a part of a campaign against breast cancer.
The latter item from Hardiman’s record definitely sounds like Santorum.
Anyway, Trump’s official announcement of who he has picked to fill Scalia’s old Supreme Court seat will come next week. Pending who exactly the nominee is, Senate Democrats have made it clear that they’re ready to block his confirmation indefinitely.
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