President Donald Trump spoke about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ailing health earlier this week, and revealed who he might nominate if she retires.
During an interview with The Daily Caller, Trump wished Ginsburg good health and said the person he nominates to fill the next vacancy on the Supreme Court would come from his previously released list of judges.
“I hope that she’s healthy … I hope she’s happy … I hope she lives for a long time,” Trump said of Ginsburg, who has not been seen in public for over a month since recovering from surgery.
“I have very much confined myself to that list as you know … that list has great people on it … and I’d say it’s highly likely I would say,” he added.
“Anybody on that list would be a choice … they’re great people,” Trump said, adding, “a lot of people have said that list is one of the reasons I won … because being a non-politician where you don’t have a record of choosing people … Supreme Court especially for the Republican party, it seems was very, very important.”
Unfortunately, the news keeps getting worse for Ginsburg, who has missed over a month on the court and cancelled several public events.
The 85-year-old Justice is recovering from surgery to remove two cancerous growths from her left lung, forcing her to “work from home.”
Given she’s apparently unable to appear on the bench and is cancelling upcoming events, some Republicans are eyeing her replacement.
Ginsburg’s ailing health and her absence from the bench for over a month could be a major signal, and Trump is also getting ready.
With Ginsburg apparently unable to leave her home, the White House has been making “gingerly preparations” in case she retires.
According to two sources familiar with the process, the White House is well aware of the medical issues involved with Ginsburg, who is 85-years-old.
“Gingerly preparations are underway, not just for Ginsburg but for any SCOTUS retirement,” a source involved in the Supreme Court nominations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh said last month.
John Malcolm, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said Trump could appoint a conservative woman if Ginsburg does retire.
“There would be a lot of pressure to appoint a woman, I would think that one person the president would seriously look at would be Amy Coney Barrett,” he said.
“By appointing Pat, Trump made sure he has a White House counsel who is both able to handle the investigation and a movement conservative philosophically aligned with the base of the party,” American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp told TheDC.
“Trump has figured out there are some things you keep close to the vest. He likes to be the explainer-in-chief but understands there’s a downside to sharing too much,” Schlapp added.
While Trump, the White House, and many have wished nothing but the best for Ginsburg, many argue that her health issues may have gotten worse.
If she does retire while Trump is still in office, the president would have the historic opportunity to nominate a third Justice to the Supreme Court, which currently has a 5-4 conservative bent.