President Donald Trump promised on Saturday night, Sept. 19, that he would pick a “very brilliant woman” to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, prompting the crowd at his rally in North Carolina to shout “Fill that seat!”
During the campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, President Trump said that he—as the president—has a duty to fill the Supreme Court vacancy following the death of Ginsburg one day earlier.
When the president said, “We’re going to fill the seat,” the crowd chanted, “Fill that seat!”
After surveying the Fayetteville crowd as to whether they wanted a man or a woman, President Trump declared the choice would be a woman.
“I will be putting forth a nominee next week,” Trump said. “It will be a woman—a very talented, very brilliant woman.”
“I think it should be a woman. I actually like women much more than I like men,” the president told the crowd.
“We haven’t chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list,” he added.
According to Fox News, Ginsburg’s death has set up a fierce battle between Republicans and Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that his chamber will vote on an appointee named by President Trump even if the president names the justice candidate before the Nov. 3 election. Democrats, meanwhile, said a vacancy opening so close to the election should be filled by the winner—whether Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday suggested that her chamber would seek to block the Senate from voting on President Trump’s justice pick.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi said in an interview with ABC after the host George Stephanopoulos asked if the House would consider launching impeachment proceedings to block the confirmation of a Trump Supreme Court nomination.
“We have a responsibility. We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people,” the speaker said. “When we weigh the equities, protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”