Donald Trump will announce his SCOTUS nominee on ‘Friday or Saturday’

President Donald Trump holds a news briefing

I have no idea how many people will be surprised by this, but Donald Trump is now saying that he’ll nominate someone to the Supreme Court by the end of the week. The only thing I was debating was whether or not Trump would even wait until after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s memorial/funeral service, and now it’s looking like he will. He’ll probably make his announcement two seconds after the funeral. He also flat-out mocked Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish, which is that the winner of the 2020 election would choose her successor.

President Trump said on Monday that he would wait until the end of the week to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in deference to her funeral services, trimming even further the time available to confirm his selection before the Nov. 3 election as he hopes to do.

“I think it’ll be on Friday or Saturday and we want to pay respect, it looks like we will have probably services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it, and I think in all due respect we should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg,” Mr. Trump said on “Fox & Friends.”

Even as he talked about respect, Mr. Trump asserted that Justice Ginsburg’s family made up the fact that her final wish, told to her granddaughter and reported by N.P.R., was that she would not be replaced until a new president is installed. “I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff or Pelosi?” he said, referring to Representative Adam Schiff and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both of California. Then adding Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, to his suspect list, he added: “I would be more inclined to the second, O.K. — you know, that came out of the wind. That sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe Pelosi or for Shifty Schiff. So that came out of the wind, let’s say. I mean, maybe she did, and maybe she didn’t.”

Mr. Trump said he was currently considering five people but did not name them. The front-runner is said to be Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, followed by Judge Barbara Lagoa of the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, according to people close to the process. Kate Todd, a deputy White House counsel, was also said to be on the list. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, has also been promoting Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, but at age 38, she is viewed by many aides as too young.

If Mr. Trump announces his choice on Friday, that would leave just 39 days until the election, which would be the quickest confirmation since Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed in 1981. Since 1975, confirmation on average has taken about 70 days.

[From The NY Times]

It’s cute that the Times and other media outlets are acting like it’s any way notable that “traditionally” SCOTUS confirmations take 70 days or so. Donald Trump will probably nominate some 20-something blonde (where’s Tonky Landmine?) and Mitch McConnell will have her confirmed by end of business Monday, September 28. I’m not even going to be outraged at any of this. It was as predictable as Trump’s entire presidency. Everyone who did not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 should be deeply ashamed of themselves.

Anti-Trump protesters gather in Jupiter

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    So, he is now accusing Justice Ginsburg’s granddaughter of lying about what she communicated to her family. This man is filth.

    • Rapunzel says:

      LP- not just saying the granddaughter is lying, but also saying Dems like Schumer, Pelosi, and Schiff are behind it. What a loon.

  2. Leah says:

    What a ghoul slamming a nom through so quickly.

    I’ve never hated one person as much as I hate him. If Biden gets in first thing he needs to do is remove the nom and that Kavanaugh creep.

    • H says:

      They can’t. Justices are for life. However, the Dems could try the FDR move to go to 13 justices. The Democrats would have to have both houses of Congress to even try it. Plus it didn’t work for FDR.

      • Leah says:

        They can be impeached and removed. We are living in extraordinary times so everything that came before can’t be judged against the present. I’m sure when things get back to normal again, the investigations will begin and they will find out how Kavanaugh really got his debts paid off.

      • jenellesTiktok says:

        FDR’s attempt was criticized by both parties, but it did appear to pressure Justice Owen Roberts into being more supportive of New Deal legislation. The court stopped slapping down his bills as frequently afterward.

    • Ocean Girl says:

      @Leah, I’m with you. If I wrote what I really think about him and his supporters, I’d get banned.

  3. FancyCatsup says:

    Pack the courts!

  4. Rapunzel says:

    I said it yesterday, and I’ll say it again: it’s time to form The Blue States Of America if SCOTUS gets corrupted by the Trumpian right. Secede from the union and let these idiots f–k themselves instead of the rest of us.

    These a-holes think they’re so smart, “sticking it to the libs.” It’s time they learn they can’t make it without the rest of us and our science and facts and logic. Give them the dumb, truth free, male dominant white theocracy they desire. Let them die from lack of Healthcare in it.

    Those with sense in the red states, I’m sorry it’s come to this. But you’re welcome to join the new union.

    I never thought I’d say it, but splitting in two is the only recourse if the GOP takes SCOTUS and destroys are democracy. I can’t live in The Handmaid’s Tale. I won’t. If Roe and Griswold fall, there’s no hope, and it’s time to stop trying to reach the idiot minority that’s destroying everything with their idiocracy.

    • Louisa says:

      I hate to say it Rapanzel, but I completely agree with with you. It’s time for a Blue Exit. Just this morning Bill Barr has labeled NYC, Seattle and Portland “anarchist jurisdictions” . He can use this as an excuse to cut funding to those cities and I’m sure the eventual plan is martial law.

    • Juls says:

      I kind of think the GOP would be thrilled if there was a secession attempt. It would give them cause, in their minds, to declare martial law, suspend the constitution, keep Trump in office, and start a civil war. They will not let the ‘blue states’ leave because the federal government would go bankrupt without those tax dollars.

    • Emily says:

      You’re so right. Let them have what they want. They can keep their small towns and go broke without taxes from the blue cities. They can say goodbye to the world class universities and hospitals and educated Americans. Good luck trying to recruit any “good” immigrants from Norway to Gilead.

  5. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    That car photo is fantastic. :D

  6. KellySunshine says:

    Canadian here, so I’m not entirely sure how the supreme court nominations/confirmations look, but I was listening to Andy Cohen’s show on Sirius today (don’t judge *L*) and he was talking with Sunny from The View and she was saying that if Trump gets his pick for the Supreme court confirmed, she thought if Biden wins, he would just add more justices to the Supreme Court… Is it that easy just to add Justices? (I would assume going from 9 to 11 justices)

    It’s ridiculous that McConnell held up the last appointment to the Supreme court for 11 months ( I would assume so that they would guarantee a conservative justice?) but they’re going to rush through their pick now.

    • Suze says:

      If Biden wins, and if Democrats keep the House and take the Senate, then yes – it is possible to add more justices to the Supreme Court. The Constitution does not say how many justices should sit on the Court, only that a court should exist. The number of justices has already been changed several times in our nation’s history.

      • Lightpurple says:

        And while the number 9 has been standard, it has been as few as 6 and as many as 10. At one point, nine corresponded to the number of federal circuit courts of appeals . There are 13 courts of appeals now so, arguably, it would make sense to raise it to 13.

    • Scal says:

      When they changed it to 9 justices it was to match the number of district courts at the time.

      There are now 13 so it makes sense to bump up the # again.

  7. Truthiness says:

    Trump’s lawsuits over Obamacare goes before SCOTUS in November and it is looking really bad. This is why the cause to flip the senate blue has become energized like we have never seen it. Jamie Harrison – the man (POC) running against Lindsey Graham got $1M in donations in the 24 hours after RBG’s death, There are 12-ish races that are close enough to flip, one is close enough that it needs to be protected to stay blue. The $ raised to flip the senate blue was so large over the weekend that billionaire Sheldon Adelson had to donate $25M for a Republic PAC just to try and keep up, but they are still behind.

    • Also Ali says:

      I donated. I’ve been donating small amounts as I can to the various senate races trying to unseat Republicans. I’m voting of course but my state is blue.

      • Truthiness says:

        Same here. Both my senators are deeply blue and my representative is a blue climate activist so I contributed small amounts. Would love to see RBG’s death as the tipping point for a blue wave and an increase in justices. Not out of spite, just for a viable democracy. I’m voting early, the mail is just too uncertain right now.

    • Rosa says:

      Also donated!

    • H says:

      I’m donating to Phil Ehr (get rid of the snake Matt “DUI” Gaetz) and Jamie Harrison. If you are in Colorado please donate to John Hickenlooper, the Democrat. I would laugh if Cory Gardner loses. His buddy Trump can’t save him.

      • Truthiness says:

        Hickenlooper is on the list to get prioritized! Some of the ones on the list are pulling ahead in the polls but it is too close to call.

    • TaraBest says:

      As a South Carolina resident, thank for donating to Jaime Harrison! I have always been a voter, but this year is the first time I’ve donated money to a political campaign. I just want Jaime to win and get Lady G out of there!

    • Emily says:

      Another Canadian here. Someone donated $25M? That’s crazy. The wealthy have such unequal influence in your elections.

  8. KellyRyan says:

    I do not have a position on secession at the point for CA. Our US senators are strong, Kamala and Nancy. We need to rid ourselves of the Republican trash, McCarthy, Issa, Nunes. We have strength with OR and WA, and we are close to seeing AZ flip blue. Mark Kelly AZ (D) running for the senate is both loved and liked.

  9. Cassandra says:

    I don’t believe in packing the court, but am 100% for term limits. 10 years? Maybe 15?

    I know this probably isn’t the place to find this information, but moderate Republicans HAVE to be aware/grossed out by the flagrant hypocrisy right? They don’t even pretend to not play dirty anymore.

    I’ve been donating to Jaimie Harrison and Amy McGrath and I really hope at least one of them wins 😩

    • KellyRyan says:

      I’m in agreement with term limits, and have been a vigorous supporter of changing candidate qualifications. Full vetting, tax returns released, all business transactions, bank loans disclosed, limited use of taxpayer monies, etc. Trump is a lesson in what we should never repeat.

    • Leah says:

      They need to have limits like the other branches do. No more lifers, eight years and that’s it. Also the house needs to have the ability to have a vote about an appointment, it can’t be left up only for the senate and president to decide because of the corruption we have already seen. The person needs to be put through the wringer, extensive background checks, including online activity, experience, education, criminal record, credit ratings etc. I bet I had a more extensive background check working for my current job in the private sector than Kavanaugh ever did. They even checked my credit for the last 7 years and I don’t even handle money on the job.

  10. Veronica S. says:

    Between this and Barr listing certain Democratic cities as “anarchist sites” in the US, the big blue states are going to have to ask themselves some very serious questions about their next moves if Trump takes the election. If God forbid he wins again and we don’t have a Congress that can stop him, their smartest move would be to buckle down and pull back federal tax payments. Period, end of story. It’s the only power they’re going to have, and if they don’t, they’re going to see their own tax dollars used to fund the oppressive force directed at them all while the federal government intentionally allows viruses to rip through the cities or watch towns burn. California, Oregon, Washington, and New York make up 25% of the total federal revenue stream alone. Use that power to take them out at the knee. It’s the only leverage they’re going to have.

  11. Juxtapoze says:

    Merrick Garland! We won’t forget!

    I urge all Americans who care about kindness, decency, equal rights, professionalism, justice, science and truth to vote Biden/Kamala 2020. I’m appalled at Trump and his administration. Every day there is a new low. The corruption and hypocrisy are sickening.

  12. Lilitel says:

    He is an assh*le of epic proportions. That kind of assh*le with that much power is terrifying.

    On a side note : why is he on Fox and Friends every damn day ?? That seems so strange to me, as a non american …