Despite President Trump’s taunts of Joe Biden for not releasing a list of potential Supreme Court nominees, Senate Democrats say their party’s presidential nominee is better off holding back.
Trump in 2016 pioneered the practice of releasing a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees in advance, which he and his advisers credit with winning over swaths of conservative voters for whom the judiciary is a top issue. His two Supreme Court nominees to date, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were both on versions of Trump’s list during the campaign and then once he reached the White House.
The Trump administration is taking a similar approach in finding a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon who died on Sept. 18. Trump is set to announce his pick on Saturday, and top contenders include jurists he’s mentioned publicly, including a pair of federal appeals court judges, Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa.
Biden has demurred from providing a list of potential Supreme Court nominees. The former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, who oversaw several Supreme Court confirmation hearings during his 1987-95 tenure heading the panel, says the rejection of nomination norms could politicize the court and subject those on the list to unnecessary attacks.