Democrats, meanwhile, have begun taking aim at members of Trump's Supreme Court shortlist by name.
After several disappointing nominations to the court by past Republican presidents - Mr Kennedy was a Ronald Reagan appointee, for instance - conservative consistency is a much-sought-after quality for the next court justice. But he told reporters on Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss". Chief Justice John Roberts, for example, wrote a brief as a Department of Justice employee in 1990 that supported overturning the ruling But during his 2006 confirmation hearing before the Senate, he said the ruling was "settled as a precedent of the Court".
While it is true that "the numbers provide grist for Democrats to make an effort to derail a Trump Supreme Court pick", if Trump chooses one of the Federalist Society-approved picks, the polling data provides a political lesson even after a new nominee is confirmed.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced last week that he would retire, opening up a spot on the bench for Trump to nominate his second conservative justice. Trump, however, repeatedly lead chants of "Lock Her Up!' when facing his presidential opponent during the 2016 election and could see such an insult from over two decades ago as a net-plus". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a campaign-season call to action for voters to prevent such a nominee by putting "pressure on the Senate", which confirms judicial nominees.
"Think about Dred Scott; think about separate but equal... all of these really shameful decisions in our nation's history and I believe that one day we're going to see Roe in that same list", she predicted.
Obama handed 2.5K Iranians citizenship in Iran nuke deal
Iran has asked the European countries to come up with a new economic package to offset the USA sanctions and preserve the accord. President Donald Trump has since pulled out of the carefully negotiated deal which he branded the 'worst deal ever'.
The average age of the candidates on Trump's list of 25 justices is 52 years. The potential tension that could provoke was evident already in the final weeks of the most recent term, when the Republican-appointed justices (including Kennedy) muscled through a succession of party-line 5-4 decisions.
Trump has also been appointing young conservative judges to the lower courts at a rapid pace. Trump, however, has previously thrown his support behind fierce women like U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
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