President Donald Trump will announce who he plans to nominate for Supreme Court Justice tonight to replace the late Antonin Scalia. LSU Political Science Professor James Stoner expects Trump will appoint someone who will have a strong Republican voice on the nation’s highest court for at least the next couple of decades.
“He’ll look for someone who is young enough to have a substantial future ahead, but mature enough to have an established record.”
One of the reported candidates is William Pryor of Alabama, who is a graduate Tulane and ULM. Stoner says he would be an interesting choice because he didn’t go to Yale or Harvard.
“You might think that the president, who has run a campaign as an outside, might make a real point of appointing someone who didn’t go to either of those law schools but on the other hand there are only a few who didn’t go to Harvard or Yale.”
Whoever Trump nominates, it will take 51 votes in the Senate to confirm. But it takes 60 votes to bring the nominee up for a vote on the floor. But Stoner expects the Senate will eventually go along with the president’s selection.
“I think the fact that the Republicans have a majority means they’re likely to confirm whoever is proposed.”