White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump's move to appoint a Supreme Court nominee in the coming days, filling the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and chastised Democrats for their opposition. (Sept. 22)
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: Apparently it is now a high crime and misdemeanor worthy of impeachment for a lawfully elected president of the United States to exercise his constitutional duty. Article 2 Section 2 of the Constitution clearly states that the president, quote, "shall nominate," end quote, justices of the Supreme Court when a vacancy occurs.
No matter the time, no matter the politics of the day, the president is the president. There is nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in an election year. The president is elected to a four year term. You cannot unilaterally reduce it to three years. The president is the president. Democrats cannot win their argument on the merits. They cannot win on precedent. So they must search and destroy.
- Is that the ultimate goal here, to overturn "Roe v Wade?" The president and the administration would not ask a judge to prejudge a case. And I would point you to the rule set by none other than Senator Joe Biden at the confirmation hearing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when he instructed no questions on how Ginsburg will decide any specific case that would come before her. And as Justice Ginsburg said in her confirmation, no hints, no forecasts, no previews.
- --whether or not the president's quote in 2016, whether he still stands by that, that he would like to see it overturned?
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: The president's son philosophy as he's moving forward with this nomination process is he's looking at a judge that has certain qualities. That anyone who looks at the Constitution and interprets it as written, interprets the plain meaning of statutes as written, and will be a textualist and an originalist.