Trump to Name Scalia Replacement “Very Quickly” After Inauguration


President-elect Donald Trump’s team has announced that he intends to nominate a Supreme Court justice sometime around Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.

“That’s going to be something that we’re going to start after the New Year, and certainly by the time we get to inauguration, either shortly before or shortly thereafter,” Republican National Committee chairman and future White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Wednesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show.

While Priebus refrained from listing any particular names, he did note that Trump intended to select “the most qualified, best person to serve on the Supreme Court.”

All that was certain was that the nominee would not be Merrick Garland, a liberal U.S. Court of Appeals justice whom President Barack Obama nominated in February following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The GOP-led Senate has refused to vote on his nomination.

Trump’s choice was likely to be a solid, pro-life judge. Moreover, it would likely be made with the help of a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices his campaign released in May, well before he even earned the GOP nomination.

The Associated Press revealed at the time that Trump had released the list “to ease concerns about his conservative credentials.” Whether or not he would abide by it or perhaps choose from a new, updated list remained to be seen.

Republicans largely hoped, however, that he would stick with the list, as it had certified his commitment to “constitutional principles.” Conservative pundit Guy Benson seemed happy:

Furthermore, Trump’s original list had reportedly drawn inspiration from a similar list published two months earlier by the Heritage Foundation.

Granted, the president-elect’s ultimate choice may wind up not pleasing every conservative, but so long as it infuriates liberals across the board, it will no doubt be an excellent decision.

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H/T New York Post