As the world mourned the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg over the weekend, President Donald Trump was busy finalizing his top pick to take her seat, and he revealed his nominee will "most likely" be a woman.
During a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump told his base, “I will put forward a nominee next week. It will be a woman.” Without naming names, he added: "It will be a woman, a very talented, a very brilliant woman."
Trump noted that he hasn't made any final decisions about his choice, but said that he has "numerous women on the list," and "if somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place."
He went on to ask the audience for their opinion, and polled them on whether they wanted the next judge to be a man or a woman, before concluding: "I actually like women much more than I like men." Trump's front-runner for the seat is said to be judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago. Barrett previously served as a clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia and shares conservative beliefs similar to her former boss, including an anti-abortion stance.
It's unclear whether Trump will actually be successful in replacing Ginsburg before the end of his first term as president, but Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell — who famously blocked Barack Obama's nominee in 2016, after citing it was too close to an election to make a decision — said in an earlier statement that Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate.
However, political leaders — including former president Obama — are urging the Senate to honor Ginsburg's final, "fervent" wish of not being replaced "until a new president is installed." We're staying tuned.
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