In the past, Donald Trump has said that his sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, who is a federal judge would make a great Supreme Court Justice. This brought up a plethora of concerns, especially from pro-life Christian conservatives, since his sister is not just pro-abortion, she holds such a stance in the most radical of forms. Barry believes a woman should be able to kill her baby right up to the point of birth.
Perhaps in an attempt to assuage the concerns regarding his potential SCOTUS picks, Trump released a list of 11 names that he would consider for Supreme Court appointments.
The list, as reported by the AP is as follows.
Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado, Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas.
WKYZ gives a short breakdown on the backgrounds of many of Trump’s supposed and potential selections.
Three of the names — Colloton, Sykes and Pryor — are federal appeals court judges appointed by the last Republican president, George W. Bush, and have long been discussed as potential high court picks by the next GOP chief executive.
Three other judges in the group also sit on federal appeals courts: Gruender, Hardiman, and Kethledge.
The list includes five members of various state courts: Eid, Larsen, Lee, Stras, and Willett.
These jurists have questioned Supreme Court decisions affirming abortion and gay marriage rights, and tend to favor business interests.
Many in the conservative base may be pleased with this list of potential Supreme Court nominee but given Trump’s tendency towards flip-flopping, would he stick with these names if he is elected president? After all, Trump did absolve himself from any future flip-flopping recently by saying that everything he says is simply a suggestion. Trump also recently stated that he no longer believes in the tax plan that he campaigned on for months.
Can this list of names be trusted or is it a ‘starting point’ for negotiations as the self-described master of the “art of the deal” has also claimed about other cornerstones of his campaign?
Will this help calm the fears of conservatives who trust neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump with the power to potentially appoint up to three Supreme Court Justices if they are elected president?