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Politics Trump says his Supreme Court pick to replace Ginsburg will be a woman

03:40  20 september  2020
03:40  20 september  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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President Trump said he expects to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court "next week" and will be picking a woman.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87 Friday evening, leaving a vacancy on the high court.

After telling reporters on Saturday that he would "most likely" choose a woman, the president asked the crowd at an evening "Great American Comeback" event in North Carolina to participate in a very "scientific" poll. He asked them to cheer for whether they'd rather have a male or female nominee. Overwhelmingly, the crowd cheered for the female choice.

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"It will be a woman," he proclaimed. "A very talented, very brilliant woman. We haven't chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list."

Speculation has already reached a fever pitch, and there have been reports suggesting that Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate court judge, is the front-runner. "She’s very highly respected, I can say that," Trump said about her to reporters on Saturday.

Democrats, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, have demanded Trump wait until there is a winner in November election. Some have even suggested that if Republicans push through a nominee and the Democrats take control of Congress in November, they will vote to expand the Supreme Court.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will set up a floor vote for whatever nominee Trump brings forward.

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Trump already has two picks, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who were confirmed to the high court.

Earlier in the day on Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins became the first Republican to say the winner of the 2020 election should pick the next Supreme Court justice.

Republicans hold a narrow margin in the Senate, with only 53 of the Senate's 100 votes. Depending on the result of a Senate special election in Arizona, the margin could get even thinner between Election Day and the inauguration in January. Vice President Mike Pence can also vote in the event of a tie.

The president told the crowd in North Carolina, when expressing his frustration with the opposition, "I won't say it. I won't say it, Susan."

Seconds earlier, the crowd broke out into a chant of, "Fill that seat."

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