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Trump announces potential SCOTUS picks in next term

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WASHINGTON — Trump announced his list of potential nominees for the next U.S. Supreme Court vacancy on Wednesday.

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton are on the list and got much of the national media attention.

Cotton in particular attracted attention with a tweet sent minutes after the list of potential nominees was released.

The only Illinois potential nominee was Martha Pacold, a judge on the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Her biggest claim to fame when she was confirmed to the bench in 2019 was her time as a clerk to conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

According to NPR, here is the full list of 20:

  • Bridget Bade of Arizona, judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Daniel Cameron of Kentucky, attorney general of the commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Paul Clement of Virginia, former solicitor general
  • Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas
  • Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas
  • Stuart Kyle Duncan of Louisiana, judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Steven Engel of the District of Columbia, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice
  • Noel Francisco, former solicitor general
  • Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri
  • James Oh of Texas, judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Gregory Katsas of Virginia, judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Barbara Lagoa, a Florida judge on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Christopher Landau of Maryland, United States Ambassador to Mexico
  • Carlos Muñiz of Florida, justice on the Supreme Court of Florida
  • Martha Pacold of Illinois, judge on the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Peter Phipps of Pennsylvania, judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sarah Pitlyk of Missouri, judge on the District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Allison Jones Rushing of North Carolina, judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Kate Todd of Virginia, deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel to the president
  • Lawrence VanDyke of Nevada, judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Lambda Legal condemned the list, calling those on it “anti-LGBT extremists.”

“This list is teeming with individuals who have alarming anti-LGBTQ and anti-civil rights records, which should be disqualifying for any judicial nominee, let alone a nominee for the Supreme Court,” Sharon McGowan, legal director and chief strategy officer at Lambda Legal. “Notably, the President’s ‘litmus test’ for SCOTUS nominees seems to have demanded zealous opposition to abortion and common sense gun control measures, as well as an unrelenting commitment to destroying the Affordable Care Act and a deep hostility to LGBTQ equality.”

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