Trump is preparing to nominate a justice to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee who was considered a "swing vote" on the Court. Liberal pundits, comedians, media and more have reacted with utter horror at the idea that Kennedy would dare to step down at such a time as this. "I'm going to try and do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific".
Already the confirmation process is becoming a debate about the future of abortion rights in America and whether the nominee would uphold the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent challenges that have upheld a woman's right to abortion access.
Some progressives are so articulate in their expressions of hate, loss, and exasperation over Kennedy's retirement that they just couldn't help but blurt out their feelings. He also said he would "probably interview six or seven" candidates all together. "I would say that he is among the most powerful justices since at least 1937".
White House aides said other names are in the mix as well.
And there are two laws on hold by injunction and now in USA appeals court - one from Alabama and one from Texas - either of which would effectively outlaw the vast majority of abortions after 14 weeks, says Elizabeth Nash, who leads research on state policy on reproductive rights for the Guttmacher Institute.
Trump was also asked about Sen.
When asked about several specific potential nominees mentioned in recent days, including federal jurists Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, and U.S. Senator Mike Lee from Utah, Trump said each was "outstanding".
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All of Trump's potential choices have been vetted by the conservative Federalist Society, he promised during the campaign, and all are relatively young.
"I've got it down to about five" candidates, including two women, Trump told reporters on Air Force One as he traveled to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. He indicated that he may interview one or two candidates there this weekend.
"I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch", Trump continued.
Pro-choice demonstrators wave signs in front of the US Supreme Court 30 November 2005, in Washington, DC.
"It is exciting though, right?" said Trump.
"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it", Trump said.