Rumors are swirling around the future of the Supreme Court.
With the 2020 election around the corner, many Americans want to know if a seat will open up.
And then Donald Trump made this surprising announcement about a Supreme Court opening in 2020.
In the past year, many Supreme Court watchers speculated that Clarence Thomas or Ruth Bader Ginsberg could retire.
That would create a situation like 2016 where a Supreme Court seat opened up in an election year.
In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia stating that because the White House and Senate were controlled by opposite parties that the American people should settle the question in the election.
Trump won and saw Neil Gorsuch confirmed to replace Scalia.
With rampant rumors about a possible Supreme Court retirement looming President Trump addressed the matter in an interview with The Hill.TV.
President Trump revealed that if a Supreme Court seat opens up, he would absolutely proceed with a nomination.
During a portion of an interview with Hill.TV released on Monday, President Trump stated that if a Supreme Court vacancy opens up between now and 2020, he will nominate someone to fill the vacancy.
After Trump said, he would “Absolutely” nominate someone to fill any vacancy that arises between now and 2020, Hill.TV host Saagar Enjeti asked, “But do you square that with Merrick Garland?”
Trump answered, “No. I have a lot of respect for Judge Garland, by the way. I have to tell you that.”
Democrats and the media will howl about hypocrisy.
But that is not the case.
In 2016 Obama was a lame duck President and control of the Senate was up for grabs.
In 2020 Donald Trump would be a sitting President with his own party running the Senate.
The circumstances are not remotely the same.
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