Today, Donald Trump released the rest of his short list of potential nominees to fill Justice Scalia's position on the Supreme Court, supplementing the excellent list he released in May and stating that the well-qualified state and federal court judges are the only people that President Trump would consider to nominate to the Supreme Court:
These individuals were selected, first and foremost, based on constitutional principles, with input from respected conservative leaders.
Mr. Trump stated, “We have a very clear choice in this election. The freedoms we cherish and the constitutional values and principles our country was founded on are in jeopardy. The responsibility is greater than ever to protect and uphold these freedoms and I will appoint justices, who like Justice Scalia, will protect our liberty with the highest regard for the Constitution. This list is definitive and I will choose only from it in picking future Justices of the United States Supreme Court. I would like to thank the Federalist Society, The Heritage Foundation and the many other individuals who helped in composing this list of twenty-one highly respected people who are the kind of scholars that we need to preserve the very core of our country, and make it greater than ever before.”
The newest release adds ten judges to the list:
Keith Blackwell is a justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Charles Canady is a justice of the Supreme Court of Florida.
Neil Gorsuch is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Mike Lee is the Junior U.S. Senator from Utah.
Edward Mansfield is a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.
Federico Moreno is a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Margaret A. Ryan has been a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces since 2006.
Amul Thapar is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Timothy Tymkovich is the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Robert Young is the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan.
This list of 21 principled jurists should give conservatives the confidence to vote for Donald Trump. The next President will have the ability to transform the judiciary, and the judges on Trump's short list would be justices who respect the rule of law and the role of the judiciary, in the tradition of Justice Scalia.