White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany came out swinging during a Tuesday presser, declaring President Donald Trump will protect the Second Amendment by appointing another Supreme Court justice following the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“President Trump will appoint the next Supreme Court justice,” McEnany said in opening remarks. “President Trump will protect religious liberty. President Trump will protect our freedom of speech. President Trump will protect our Second Amendment.”
CFL obtained a transcript of her remarks from the White House.
Trump is under attack by Capitol Hill Democrats over his intention to nominate a replacement for Ginsburg, probably announcing his pick this coming Saturday. Democrats do not want another Trump appointment on the high court, which would shift the court to the right. A conservative court might accept more Second Amendment cases, and possibly take a swipe at Roe v. Wade.
But it is gun rights the president highlights during his speeches, and when he talks about defending the Second Amendment, he seems to get the biggest applause and cheers.
McEnany hit the ground running as she opened stating, “Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have officially shown their blatant disregard for the United States Constitution. Apparently, it is now a high crime and misdemeanor worthy of impeachment for a lawfully elected President of the United States to exercise his constitutional duty.”
All three Democrats have been hinting at how they will try to derail Trump’s efforts to quickly fill the Court vacancy, perhaps before the Nov. 3 election. They have left no doubt they are pulling out all the stops in what promises to be a bare knuckles political battle that could become the president’s greatest legacy whether he wins re-election or not.
Since taking office, the president has filled more than 250 federal court vacancies with constitutional judges and two justices.
“The President has already appointed two strong, conservative justices to the Supreme Court — justices who will interpret the Constitution as written,” McEnany said. “Now he will nominate a third.”
That is not setting well with Democrats on Capitol Hill, or across the national landscape. But Trump supporters seem to be all for it.
As reported earlier, a new Rasmussen survey shows a whopping 83 percent of Republican voters “think Trump should nominate someone.” Eighty-four percent of Democrats don’t like that idea at all, the survey revealed. They have long resorted to the courts, say critics, to accomplish what they couldn’t legislatively.
“Democrats cannot win their argument on the merits,” McEnany said. “They cannot win on precedent. So they must search and destroy.”
A third Trump appointment to the Supreme Court could open the door to more gun rights cases. Since the 2010 McDonald ruling, the Court has been reluctant to accept any gun rights cases for review. Earlier this year, the Court declined to review ten pending cases, setting off alarms within the Second Amendment community that Chief Justice John Roberts might not provide a majority vote. Ginsburg’s passing may now shift the situation, providing a five-justice majority without Roberts, thus setting the stage for Second Amendment showdowns.
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