President Trump will announce Saturday evening his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, setting up a bitter confirmation fight in the final weeks of the presidential campaign. At an event in the White House Rose Garden, Trump is expected to name federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett, a deeply conservative jurist in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Justice Scalia, whose confirmation would cement the right’s hold on the nation’s highest court for many years and ensure Trump’s legacy is felt for generations.
Trump will then travel to Harrisburg, Pa., for a campaign rally.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has two virtual events on his schedule, first a meeting with Latino business owners and then a public address to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
With 38 days until the election …
- Democratic senators are mapping out how they will fight Trump’s SCOTUS nominee given they have little power to actually derail his pick.
- Trump is expected to personally attack Biden at the candidates’ first debate on Tuesday, and Biden is being prepped for the anticipated barrage.
- A majority of Americans, 57 percent, say the winner of November’s presidential election should choose the next Supreme Court justice, while 38 percent say Trump should fill the seat.
- Biden leads Trump by eight percentage points nationally, 51 percent to 43 percent, according to a Washington Post average of polls. Biden’s margin is the same in Michigan and Pennsylvania and smaller in other key states: seven points in Wisconsin, five in Arizona and one in Florida.
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