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

Graham: Trump's Supreme Court picks 'all winners'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents John Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday said President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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.


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 bizarre back story of the filibuster The Bible's wisdom about addressing our political tribalism Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' 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 GarlandDOJ faces swift turnaround to meet Biden voting rights pledge Merrick Garland is right to prioritize domestic terrorism, but he'll need a bigger boat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan 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.