Graham: Trump's Supreme Court picks 'all winners'

Graham: Trump's Supreme Court picks 'all winners'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump stuns the world at Putin summit Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Ryan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE’s top four Supreme Court choices are “all winners.”

“Republicans are holding four lottery tickets and all of them are winners,” Graham said on Fox News Sunday. “If you’re a conservative Republican, the four people named — particularly Thomas Hardiman, I’m glad he’s on the list — are all winners and every Republican should embrace these picks.”

Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement earlier this month, on Monday.

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The four top contenders are Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Hardiman, who was a runner-up to Trump’s first nominee to the bench, Neil Gorsuch.

They all boast extensive experience as federal appeals court judges.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Feehery: The long game MORE (R-Ky.) is pushing Trump toward selecting Kethledge or Hardiman because he believes they are the most likely to be confirmed by the Senate, which is majority Republican by a narrow 51-47 margin.

McConnell in 2016 blocked a vote on former President Obama’s Supreme Court pick Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Judge Kavanaugh and Justice Kennedy do not have conflicts of interest Dems in terrible bind on Kavanaugh nomination MORE, and calls from the left to obstruct the nomination process in kind have grown in volume since Kennedy’s announcement.  

“Donald Trump could nominate George Washington, John Marshall and they couldn’t get through,” Graham said. “Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically.”

“I’ve never seen it this dysfunctional,” Graham added. “This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats, to oppose a highly-qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified.”

Trump is reportedly interested in nominating someone who will be confirmed fairly easily, according to The New York Times.