Nominating Justices: A Political Tool?
In early 2017, President Trump nominated conservative Neil Gorsuch for the empty seat left by Justice Antonin Scalia. The seat had been left empty for over 400 days, due to the GOP blocking Obama’s nomination for Judge Merrick Garland. Meanwhile, Obama had appointed two other judges to the Supreme Court—Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in 2009 and 2010, both in the Democratic party.
Now, there are rumors flying that Justice Anthony Kennedy (a conservative, but crucial to swing votes) may part ways with his seat on the Supreme Court bench. If he were to retire, then President Trump will likely nominate another justice with conservative views and values.
No doubt the Republican party can make progress in correcting fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution with appointments to the Supreme Court. But it is obvious on both sides of the aisle that nominating justices is just a political tool and that the needs of Americans are, once again, ignored.
However, if you vote for me as president in 2020, I will not use my right to nominate justices as a political tool. It’s a sin of the past I have no intention of repeating. When the time comes, I’ll nominate whoever best suits the job—not whoever most agrees with me.
Nominating SCOTUS justices for their politics is against my beliefs of bipartisanship and choosing the right person for the job. It would be just another example of the politicos in Washington getting caught up in partisan politics and ignoring the needs of Americans—an example I am not interested in being a part of.