Kamala Harris: Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees 'complete nonstarters'

Kamala Harris: Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees 'complete nonstarters'
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE's list of potential Supreme Court nominees as "complete non-starters," insisting that the Senate should wait until after the November elections to confirm a new justice.

Harris' comments came shortly after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he would retire from the Supreme Court, setting the stage for Trump to nominate a second justice to the high court.

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"Given the stakes of this Supreme Court seat, which will determine the fate of fundamental constitutional rights, the American people, who will vote in less than 4 months, deserve to have their voice heard," Harris tweeted. "We shouldn't vote on confirmation until they have voted at the ballot box."

"The President’s list of potential SCOTUS nominees are complete non-starters," she added. "They are conservative ideologues, not mainstream jurists. We cannot and will not accept them to serve on the highest court in the land."

Harris' comments echoed those of other Democrats on Wednesday. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday that it would be hypocritical for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to hold a vote on a Supreme Court nominee before the midterm elections.

McConnell announced moments earlier that he planned to hold a vote on Trump's next nominee in the fall. 

After the death of former Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, McConnell refused to hold a vote on then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMichelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite Rubio criticizes reporters, Democrat for racism accusations against McCain MORE's nominee for the court, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors John Legend: Republicans play to win, Biden plays to impress the media Biden says he opposes expanding the Supreme Court MORE, saying that the Senate should wait until after the presidential election.

Trump was elected later that year, and eventually nominated Neil Gorsuch to the court. He was confirmed by the Senate last year. 

It's not yet clear whom Trump will nominate to replace Kennedy on the court. The White House released a list of 25 potential nominees in November, and Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to make his selection from that very list.