At 8:00 PM EST President Donald Trump will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court. This is a crucial appointment as it will replace the great Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia. This monumental task has everyone speculating on who it could be. Who could follow up one of the most constitution-respecting judges in the history of our country? While predicting the actions of President Trump has proven to be a futile task to many, here are some of the judges whose names are being circulated the most:
Judge Pryor is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission. Pryor was also the Attorney General for the State of Alabama from 1997 to 2004. Judge Pryor has a strong record when in comes to protecting the second amendment and consistently rules in favor of it. Also, Judge Pryor is a major proponent of Federalism and State’s rights and nearly always rules in favor of reducing the power of the National Government. And last, Judge Pryor is exceedingly pro-life and has referred to Roe v. Wade as the “worst abomination in the history of constitutional law.”
Judge Hardiman has spent a decade as a Circuit Judge on the United Sates Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Hardiman has been described as an easy-going and rather down-to-earth person, which could lead to any easier confirmation. Judge Hardiman would also add educational diversity to the Supreme Court, being the only Justice failing to hold an Ivy League Degree. Judge Hardiman is also a defender of second amendment rights and ruled that disallowing non-violent criminals to own firearms is unconstitutional. Furthermore, Hardiman is a staunch proponent of religious liberty, as shown in his defense of a court plaque with the Ten Commandments inscribed upon it.
Judge Gorsuch currently occupies a seat of the United Sates Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Gorsuch has a solid Ivy League resume and even served as a Supreme Court Clerk for Justice Byron White and Justice Anthony Kennedy. Like Justice Scalia, Judge Gorsuch is an originalist – meaning that they believe judges should attempt to interpret the Constitution like it was when it was written. Similar to the other two aforementioned judges, Judge Gorsuch is a defender of religious liberty. In his most notable ruling he took the side of Hobby Lobby and The Little Sisters of the Poor to fight back against the contraceptive mandate that comes with Obamacare.
All three of the judges are solid conservatives and were appointed to the United States of Appeals by President George W. Bush. Another positive of the three is that all of them are under the age of 55, Pryor being the oldest at 54, then Hardiman at 51, and lastly Gorsuch at 49. Out of the three, Pryor will require the most difficulty in confirmation because of his strict positions. Hardiman would be the easiest because of his likability, and Gorsuch would best fit the Scalia mold. Regardless, as long as one of these three would be added to the Supreme Court, Americans are guaranteed a strong, conservative judge who stands up for personal liberty and smaller government.