White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke on Sept. 22, to a group of reporters and targeted the Democrats who are trying to stop President Trump from nominating a new Supreme Court justice, holding out hope that Joe Biden will win the election and be able to do so himself in the next term.
McEnany began the press conference by saying, “Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have officially demonstrated their blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution.” The press secretary was referring to recent statements by Democrats who want the nomination of the new justice to be made by the president-elect in November, not now.
The arguments used by the Trump administration, which the press secretary defended today, are clear and concrete. As McEnany said, “There is nothing in the Constitution that says the president ceases to be president in an election year.” So if the president has the authority to choose who will be the next justice, he should be able to do so without inconvenience.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about the possibility of using impeachment as an option to stop the nomination of a Trump candidate for the vacant Supreme Court seat, to which Pelosi responded ambiguously without denying it, stating that they will do everything they have to do and everything in their power.
McEnany cited Article 2 of the Constitution, which clearly states that the president “shall appoint” Supreme Court justices when a vacancy occurs. So there would be no impediment to Trump making such an appointment today.
The White House press secretary said the Democrats’ plan is truly radical, and they are committed to doing everything in their power to limit the power of the president of the United States as long as it does not harm his interests.
One example is what Sen. Ed Markey said, according to McEnany, when he said, “No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.”
In her speech, McEnany sought to differentiate the actions of the Republicans from those of the Democrats, whom she accused of never being able to win on merit and always seeking to win by destroying.
“We fight to protect the system. We fight to protect the Constitution when Democrats say outright, ‘We are going to blow up the entire system because we do not get our way.’”
Instead, McEnany sought to reassure Americans that President Trump will do his duty and appoint the next Supreme Court justice as the Constitution requires.
President Trump announced a press conference on Saturday that he was still not sure who would take Ginsburg’s place, but he promised that the replacement would be another woman, and that the candidate, who must then be approved by the Senate, will be made official this week.
According to recent information, federal appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of the main candidates for the position of Supreme Court justice.