One of the most contentious political issues over the next several months will be President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the fight for Republicans to confirm that person before the midterm elections this November.
College Reform’s Cabot Phillips recently asked students at New York University about Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, where the students offered up strong opinions — despite the fact that Trump has yet to announce who it is.
What did the students say?
- “He’s quite, you know, extreme in his views, and I don’t know if it would make the Supreme Court very even.”
- “I just saw the pick, and I was like, like, it’s almost at a point where you kind of expect that it’s not gonna be what you want.”
- “I see it all over the news that he’s, he’s like, uh, racist and s**t.”
- “I think this nominee is very racist and it’s starting a new wave of something very negative. And I’m very scared about what will happen in the future.”
- “The fact that [Trump] would put someone up there that is so racist and is not practicing the quality that we need to see, it’s again, it’s insulting and he’s not gonna last.”
One student even told Philips she witnessed “outrage” on social media over Trump’s pick.
When asked what qualities the students believe shape a quality Supreme Court justice, students offered qualities such as “black,” “woman,” and “liberal.” They said the justice should not be a “swing-vote,” a reference to Anthony Kennedy, the court’s retiring justice.
The students also said Trump should listen to the American people when deciding who to nominate. When Phillips countered with the fact that former President Barack Obama nominated two liberal justices to the court and didn’t listen to conservative voices then, the students were unable to defend their suggestions.
Watch the students’ interviews below:
Trump is slated to formally announce his nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday, July 9. His shortlist has reportedly been narrowed down to three justices: Amy Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge.