After two unfavorable Supreme Court rulings, Trump vows to draft new list of potential justices

Trump vows to produce by Sept. 1 a list of potential new justices that would appeal to conservative voters, ahead of November election

Last Updated:
June 19, 2020 - 9:01am

President Trump is calling for new Supreme Court justices – and is vowing to produce a list of names by September – after the high court twice this week issued rulings against his administration.

The court on Monday declined to hear an administration case challenging California law that prevents local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities in efforts to deport illegal immigrants.

On Thursday, the high court ruled against the administration's effort to end the 8-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives legal protection to roughly 650,000 young people brought into the United States illegally by their parents.

"The recent Supreme Court decisions, not only on DACA, Sanctuary Cities, Census, and others, tell you only one thing, we need NEW JUSTICES of the Supreme Court," Trump tweeted after the DACA ruling. 

The president, who faces a reelection vote in November, later tweeted that he would release by Sept. 1 a list of potential Supreme Court nominees, similar to the one he published during his 2016 campaign that helped him with conservative voters.

"If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice," Trump tweeted. "Based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before (Second Amendment, Right to Life, Religous Liberty, etc.) – VOTE 2020!"

In both cases, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's four liberal justices. Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, sided with the majority in Monday's ruling and wrote the majority opinion, according to The Hill.

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