September 11, 2020

President Trump Releases New List of 20 Potential Supreme Court Nominees

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At a white house press conference on September 9, President Donald Trump announced a new list of 20 people he would consider as potential Supreme Court nominees if a vacancy appears.

Among the names he listed are Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, and U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Pitlyk. All three senators take pro-life stances, and Pitlyk used to be part of The Center for Medical Progress's defense team after it was sued by Planned Parenthood for releasing videos exposing its sale of fetal tissue harvested from aborted children.

Senator Hawley has since stated that he is not interested in holding a position on the high court. He has stated that he would ask Supreme Court nominees if they believed Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided as a "litmus test" for whether he would accept them, however.

The full list of potential nominees can be found here in the transcript of the president's Wednesday press conference.

Pro-life organizations applauded the president's list of potential constitutional conservative nominees. Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said it was "full of all-stars," and National Right to Life President Carol Tobias wrote,

“President Trump’s expanded list of potential Supreme Court justices is laden with an impressive assembly of well-qualified men and women who would make outstanding additions to the Supreme Court, and who have demonstrated a commitment to defending the text and history of the Constitution and the principles of judicial restraint. President Trump’s list stands in stark contrast with the judicial-legislation activists who would be nominated by Joe Biden.”

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