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 says he'll '100 percent' veto measure blocking emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Dems tee up Tuesday vote against Trump's emergency declaration | GOP expects few defections | Trump doubles number of troops staying in Syria to 400 On The Money: Dems set Tuesday vote on Trump's emergency declaration | Most Republicans expected to back Trump | Senate plots to avoid fall shutdown drama | Powell heading before Congress MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border 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 McConnellKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Trump selects Kelly Craft for United Nations ambassador Union leader says Green New Deal would make infrastructure bill ‘absolutely impossible’ 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 GarlandGOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab 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.