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

Graham: Trump's Supreme Court picks 'all winners'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Graham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday said President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns 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 GarlandBad week in Trumpland signals hope for American democracy Threats of violence spark fear of election worker exodus DOJ sues Texas over Abbott order restricting transportation of migrants 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.