Proud, rich White male and presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees and guess what? All of them are, well, White. Eight of them are men.
Trump said in a statement that the names are “representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value,” noting that as president, he would use it “as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court justices,” writes The Times:
They include several judges who are favorites of conservative legal scholars, like Dianne S. Sykes, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit who was appointed by President Bush and had been mentioned as a potential Supreme Court nominee in his second term. Mr. Trump has said that he would consider her for a Supreme Court appointment.
Several of the jurists previously clerked for conservative Supreme Court justices after law school. The federal appeals court judges on the list included Steven M. Colloton of the Eighth Circuit, a former clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, and Raymond M. Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit, who clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
The state supreme court justices included Joan Larsen of Michigan, a former clerk to Justice Scalia, and also Allison H. Eid of Colorado, David Stras of Minnesota and Thomas Rex Lee of Utah, all three of whom clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas. In addition, Judge Lee’s father, Rex, served as solicitor general in the Reagan administration, and his brother, Mike Lee, is a Republican senator from Utah.
To be sure, the makeup of the list comes as no surprise. Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” appears to harken back to the days when Whites were a flourishing majority, writing some of the most reprehensible chapters in American history – notably slavery and Jim Crow laws, which gave birth to a corrupt criminal justice system.
We hope the Obama administration pushes past the Republican Party’s political brinksmanship to appoint a Supreme Court justice before the president leaves office. Sound off in the comments.
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