President Trump has announced one of the first prerequisites he wants for a new Supreme Court justice, and it’s that he wants someone who can sit on the bench for at least 40 years.
Trump said as much at a rally in North Dakota on Wednesday.
“Justice Anthony Kennedy, a very special guy, just announced a little while ago, his retirement from the United States Supreme Court,” Trump said.
“We have to pick one that’s going to be there for 40 years, 45 years, we need intellect, we need so many things. So many elements go into picking a Supreme Court justice.”
While there are is supposedly a list of potential candidates that is 25 names long, according to Axios, the President is favoring five conservative candidates, the oldest of whom is 53.
Those five front runners are:
Brett Kavanaugh, 53, of Maryland, a US judge with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Thomas Hardiman, 52, of Pennsylvania, a 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals judge.
Amy Coney Barrett, 46, of Indiana, a 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals judge.
Amul Thapar, 49, of Kentucky, a jurist on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Raymond Kethledge, 51, of Michigan, a 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals judge.
According to the predictit.org, the smart money is with Kavanaugh, and Hardiman is also likely to get the life-changing nod from the President.
The President also believes that Kennedy’s resignation is a vote of confidence in his presidency from Kennedy, who he believes trusts him to find a replacement.
“I’m very honored that he chose to do it during my term in office because he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy.
That’s why he did it,” the commander-in-chief claimed during the rally in support of GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer.
The President also assured his followers that he would not give in to the pressure by Democrats to appoint someone who would “rewrite the Constitution.”
“Democrats want judges who will rewrite the Constitution, anyway they want to do it, and take away your Second Amendment, erase your borders and throw open the jailhouse doors, and destroy your freedoms,” Trump claimed. “We must elect more Republicans; we have to do that.”
H/T: New York Post