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Kennedy will retire on July 31, after more than 30 years on the court. Liberal pundits, comedians, media and more have reacted with utter horror at the idea that Kennedy would dare to step down at such a time as this.

"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not". Asked if he planned to question potential court nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade, he responded, "That's not a question I'll be asking".

Some progressives are so articulate in their expressions of hate, loss, and exasperation over Kennedy's retirement that they just couldn't help but blurt out their feelings.

"I'll probably interview six or seven" candidates altogether, Trump said. "I said, 'Mr. President, that's your choice'". He met Thursday with key Republican and Democratic senators at the White House in the evening to discuss the vacancy.

Trump's statement that two women are included in his shortlist for the position may be meant to neutralize any plans by Democrats to stage an all-out war in the Senate.

In a statement, Murkowski noted her standards for the Supreme Court are "extremely high" and that she will cast an "independent vote" when the eventual nominee comes before the Senate. Mike Lee. Trump said that the GOP lawmaker "said he'd like the job; usually they don't say that".

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday he hoped the confirmation process would be done "in time for the new justice to begin the fall term of the Supreme Court. the first Monday in October". Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers who espouse conservative judicial philosophies.

With Gorsuch, his body of work and his writing were important, but Trump was also impressed by his educational record and his class ranking. "Judges, and particularly the Supreme Court, have been a resounding success of this administration".

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

In a tweet today, the president said he will be making his choice for supreme court justice on July 9th.


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