President Donald Trump said Saturday evening that he will choose a candidate to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat next week and his candidate will be a woman.
“I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman,” Trump said during a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Trump told rallygoers that Ginsburg’s “landmark rulings, fierce devotion to justice and her courageous battle against cancer inspire all Americans,” offering prayers to the justice’s family.
The President also noted her friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, saying it’s “a powerful reminder we can disagree on fundamental issues, while treating each other with decency, dignity and respect.”
He also discussed how he has the power to fill her vacant seat.
“So, Article 2 of the Constitution says that the President shall nominate justices of the Supreme Court. I don’t think it can be any more clear, can it?” Trump asked, prompting chants of “Fill that seat!” from the rally crowd.
The President told reporters earlier Saturday there about 45 people on his list, but he does have a “short list” for potential nominees.
A source told CNN that Trump specifically has said he would “love to pick” federal appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is a favorite among religious conservatives, but doubts he’ll secure support from the US Senate. Barrett is among Trump’s list of 20 potential conservative nominees he released earlier this month in an attempt to galvanize his base.
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