Trump: Republicans 'have no choice' but to vote for me
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"If you really like Donald Trump, that's great, but if you don't, you have to vote for me anyway. You know why? Supreme Court judges, Supreme Court judges," Trump said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
"Have no choice, sorry, sorry, sorry. You have no choice," Trump continued, calling the late Justice Antonin Scalia a "great guy" and acknowledging tied decisions at the Supreme Court after his death.
Trump said the next president "will probably have three, could be four, could even be five" appointments to make to the Supreme Court, alluding to the ages of senior justices.
Trump dismissed critics who speculate he may appoint liberal judges and said if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe curious case of the COVID-19 origin Harris headlining Asian American Democratic PAC's summit Congress won't end the wars, so states must MORE appoints judges: "You're going to end up with another Venezuela. You're going to be Venezuela."
Senate Republicans have denied hearings and a vote on President Obama's Supreme Court pick to fill the seat vacated by the death of Scalia in February, arguing the next president should make the pick.
Trump scheduled his rally Thursday night to counteract speeches in the final night of the Democratic National Convention, where Clinton will officially accept her party's nomination.