Following the Supreme Court’s 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to strike down Texas’ HB 2, a strict Texas abortion law, right-wing media figures reacted by claiming the Supreme Court “sides with the killers of unborn babies” and saying the ruling was “a victory for those who celebrate baby killing.” MORE
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a message for members of his party who fear that he will appoint someone to the bench who is insufficiently conservative: chill! Trump’s not even planning on picking judges himself. Rather, he told a radio show hosted by the pro-Trump media site Breitbart earlier this week, he will delegate this function to a leading conservative legal group.
It’s Trump’s latest, and most explicit, effort to allay fears among conservatives who fear that his judges could depart from the Republican Party’s preferred reading of the Constitution. Trump previously indicated that he was working with the Heritage Foundation, an influential conservative policy shop, to identify potential Supreme Court nominees. Last month, he released a list of 11 white people that he would consider appointing to the nation’s highest Court, a list that was praised even by Trump skeptics on the right. MORE