WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump said on Monday he is looking at four or five jurists to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court and he will announce his nominee on Friday or Saturday.
Trump pushed ahead with plans for his third U.S. Supreme Court nomination, which would cement a 6-3 conservative majority, as some Republicans wavered on whether to support the move weeks before an election.
Trump said in an interview with Fox News that he wanted to wait out of respect for Ginsburg, a liberal justice who died on Friday at age 87. “We should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg,” he said.
The death of liberal icon Ginsburg upended the campaign season, giving Trump and his party an opportunity to strengthen its grip on the court whose decisions influence most spheres of American life, from healthcare to gun rights to voting access.
Trump said a vote on his Supreme Court nominee should come before the Nov. 3 election.
“We won the election and we have the right to do so; we have plenty of time, a lot of time,” Trump told Fox. “The final vote should be taken, frankly, before the election. We have plenty of time for that.”
Trump jeered as he visits Ginsburg’s casket at the U.S. Supreme Court
On Thursday, President Trump was greeted with jeers and boos by a nearby crowd as he visited Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump, wearing a black face mask and accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stood near the casket at the marble court building amid chants of “Vote him out.” The moment highlighted the public flashpoint that Ginsburg’s death has become ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Trump, who has already installed two top court picks since taking office in 2017, has said he would unveil his latest choice on Saturday, a week after the 87-year-old justice died on Sept. 18.
Trump dismissed the protests.
“I think that was just a political chant. We could hardly hear it from where we were,” he told reporters later in the day.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany called the chants “appalling and disrespectful.”
Trump’s opponent, Democrat Joe Biden, will pay his respects to Ginsburg on Friday at the U.S. Capitol.
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