Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he has a list of 10 potential Supreme Court nominees ready to go if he is elected president. The subject of the Supreme Court is a hot one given pro-life Justice Antonin Sacalia’s passing and pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrit Garland to replace him.
The Hill features Trump’s quote from Sunday about the list:
“I’m going to get a list of anywhere from five to ten judges, and those are going to be the judges that I’m going to put in,” he said during a speech at his Mar-a-Largo club in Palm Beach, Fla.
“It will be one of those judges, and I will guarantee it personally, like we do in the world of business, which we don’t like to do too often,” the real estate tycoon added.
“But I will guarantee it that those are going to be the first judges that I put up for nomination if I win. And that should solve the problem, and I think that’s a good idea, right?”
Last month, Trump answered a question about the kind of judges he would want on the Supreme Court. Trump briefly said he wanted “pro-life conservatives” on the nation’s highest court and said recently-deceased pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia is his model. He said he wants pro-life conservatives on the high court.
But some pro-life advocates are doubtful that that’s really the direction Trump would go for a Supreme Court justice if elected president.
In an interview earlier in February, Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.
“It’s been very strongly decided but it can be changed,” Trump told Brody. “Things are put there and they’re passed but they can be unpassed with time but it’s going to take time because you have a lot of judges to go.”
Previously, Trump issued an op-ed condemning Roe v. Wade but stopped short of saying it should be reversed.