Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died less than two weeks ago.
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday from the White House that he had chosen Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
While speaking about Barrett’s nomination, Democratic nominee Joe Biden claimed on Sunday that Americans could lose a myriad of rights if Trump gets his way by filling the vacancy.
Biden said “The American people understand the urgency of this moment… They’re already voting in droves because they know their healthcare hangs in the balance. They understand that if Donald Trump gets his way, they could lose their right to vote, their right to clean air and water, their right to equal pay.”
"The American people understand the urgency of this moment… They understand that if Donald Trump gets his way, they could lose their right to vote, their right to clean air and water, their right to equal pay." pic.twitter.com/pZldkBbnGh
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 27, 2020
During an interview Sunday on Fox & Friends Weekend, the president said it is “possible” that Barrett could be part of a ruling on a “life issue” if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
During the interview, co-host Pete Hegseth noted calls from many groups including Catholics and conservatives for overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.
Hegseth then asked Trump if he wanted the ruling overturned.
Trump replied with his focus on Barrett.
“So I didn’t think it was for me to discuss that with her because it’s something that she’s going to be ruling on and this is what I was told, although I would have had the right to do that,” Trump said.
“But if you look at her past actions, rulings, I guess she maybe would be in the category you mentioned, I don’t know. I can say this, that she is certainly conservative in her views, in her rulings, and we’ll have to see how that all works out, but I think it will work out,” Trump added.
Hegseth then asked whether Trump thought a court with an apparent conservative majority of 6-3, with half of the conservatives the president’s own appointees, “would potentially rule on a life issue.”
“Well, it’s certainly possible. And maybe they do it in a different way. Maybe they’d give it back to the states. You just don’t know what’s going to happen,” Trump said.
Trump, who has appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, said that justices cannot always be judged by their track records.
“I’ve been surprised by some of the rulings that we’ve already had over the last year. You know, you think you know somebody and then you get rulings federal a little bit different than you think could happen,” Trump said.
“So you never know what’s going to happen,” he added.
Trump said that Barrett excels in one vital area.
“Mostly, I’m looking for somebody that can interpret the Constitution as written. We say it all the time and she is very strong on that. And it’ll be very interesting,” he said.
The interview is below. The abortion discussion starts about the 3:30 mark.
Earlier in the interview, Trump said he had not discussed any specific cases when he met with Barrett.
“I didn’t discuss certain concepts and certain things,” Trump said. “And some people say you shouldn’t. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t. But I decided not to do it. And I think it gives her the freedom to do what she has to do. She has to make rulings. But I think she’s going to make a lot of people very proud.”
In speaking of the confirmation process, Trump said he hopes it goes “smoothly.”
“Perhaps it will,” he said. “Perhaps it won’t. I think it’s going to be very hard to dispute her qualifications.”