Because of the Supreme Court - and because of the court's power to restrict abortion, the utmost issue to many evangelical and Catholic voters who view an abortion as the killing of a human being - these evangelicals have put up with many aspects of Trump's candidacy and administration that they might otherwise have found distasteful, including his three marriages and his reported affair with a porn star; his numerous alleged sexual assaults and his on-tape statement about grabbing women's genitals; and his policy, now reversed, of separating children from their parents at the USA border. "It's - well, let's just say it's the four people". If a Democratic senator votes yes, that would allow Republicans to tout Trump's nominee as bipartisan. "I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation", Leo said on "This Week" Sunday, saying "nobody really knows" how Trump's nominee would rule on abortion if it ever arose.
Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director at the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, says, "It's something that's viewed across the Republican and libertarian base as a huge accomplishment".
Back then, Trump's decision to summon both men to Washington, and his primetime TV special reveal seemed to shock some TV news talking heads and Supreme Court scholars not familiar with reality-TV tropes.
President Donald Trump nominated Barrett, and the Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017, to the federal bench. And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic. More than 40 federal district and circuit court judges have been confirmed to lifetime appointments so far during Trump's term, and those judges will have enormous sway in shaping legal arguments nationwide.
Kavanaugh and Barrett had the inside track as of Thursday and Friday, as NPR first reported, but their supporters and opponents have gone after each other through the media and internally to the White House. After his renomination, the Senate voted 57-36 in 2006 to confirm him.
Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year.
Kethledge, 51, sits on the Sixth Circuit appeals court. "A judge must interpret the law, not make the law", Kavanaugh said. In a recent case involving abortion and immigration, he wrote a decision that temporarily barred a pregnant teenager in immigration custody from obtaining an abortion. And that is a big if.
They are running for reelection in red states won by Trump in 2016.
Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three. Jon Tester of Montana - told reporters on Monday that he was not invited to the White House for Monday's ceremony, but added he's open to voting to one of the nominees. Doug Jones of Alabama. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".
McConnell has promised a vote on the nomination before the November midterms, ensuring the outcome will be an issue before voters.