‘President’ Trump just released an all-white list of 11 people he’d nominate to the Supreme Court
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday released a list of 11 prospective Supreme Court justices whom he’d consider nominating as president. As The Associated Press reports, Trump’s picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri. Other potential justices include Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas.
Trump’s decision to release his list of prospective nominees comes as he tries to shore up support from some remaining conservatives who are still wary of his ideological credentials. Trump previously said that he’d ask the conservative Heritage Foundation for input on prospective justices, although it’s not clear how much influence it had over his final list. Trump had previously mentioned both Sykes and Pryor earlier this year, so it’s no surprise to see them on make the final cut here.
Trump said of his prospective SCOTUS nominees earlier this year that he’d look for people “that everybody respects, likes and totally admires,” as well as “great conservative judges, great intellects, the people that you want.”
Given that Trump got a lot of these recommendations through conservative ideologues, however, whether they’re “the people you want” is something entirely open for debate.