Trump names second Supreme Court justice – live updates
Congress reacts to Supreme Court nomination
Senator John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, told reporters on Capitol Hill that he wouldn’t make any predictions, but he did say that the confirmation fight would “take a lot of oxygen” in the Senate.
“I hope I’m wrong but I suspect this is going to be a rough tough down in the dirt ear pulling nose biting fight,” Kennedy said.
Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, told CBS News’ Nancy Cordes that any of the four candidates would be great justices, and he expects the eventual nominee to sail through their confirmation hearing and vote.
“As my friend Lindsey Graham said yesterday, he said it’s as if we have four winning lottery tickets, each could be a great Supreme Court justice in their own right. And so I am pretty, pretty excited,” said Cornyn.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said that based off the president’s list, it’s “near impossible” to selected a nominee who isn’t hostile to the Affordable Care Act and women’s reproductive rights.
“Whoever the president selects tonight, if that is from the pre-approved list, everyone ought to understand what it means for the freedom of women to make their own health care decisions and for the protection of Americans with pre existing conditions, those rights will be gravely threatened,” said Schumer.
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is a member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would be “happy with any of the four” likely Supreme Court finalists, but says “there’s a part of me that would like to see a woman appointed to the court, especially a conservative woman like Amy Coney Barrett because she’s just excellent.”
He also spoke highly of Hardiman and Kavanaugh, describing Kavanaugh as “politically very astute, honest, decent, good looking — he’s got it all!”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to slam far-left criticism of Mr. Trump’s picks, saying no matter who is selected, the nominee will face “unfair tactics” in the confirmation process.
“Expect to hear how they’ll destroy equal rights or demolish American health care or ruin our country in some other fictional way,” said McConnell, objecting to some liberals’ “blanket opposition” to anyone the president may name.
“Destruction of the Constitution? Please, give the American people some credit. This far-left rhetoric comes out every single time, but the apocalypse never comes. Americans see beyond this far-left fear mongering. This kind of fear mongering they’ve tried over and over again for 40 years. Senators should do the same, we should evaluate this president’s nominee fairly, based on his or her qualifications and treat the process with respect and dignity that it deserves,” he added.
Once the president made his announcement, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts took to Twitter to voice her dissent saying she’ll “vote no” and “it’s time to fight” because the nomination requires a Senate majority vote.
Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York, also took to Twitter blasting President Trump’s nominee selection stating, “In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block.”
Senator John McCain tweeted praise for Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, voiced her opposition on Twitter.