Republican Senator Orrin Hatch may have revealed President Trump’s next Supreme Court pick, or at least offered a clue as to who the president could be picking.
The seasoned Republican wrote in an op-ed for Desert News in an article titled, “What to expect when Trump nominates a new Supreme Court justice.”
It wasn’t what Hatch was saying, but how he was saying it.
In the piece, the senator’s use of pronouns may have slipped information concerning who Trump was going to pick.
As Fox News reports, Hatch interestingly refers to the nominee as “her” and “she.”
Check it out:
Just as he did with Neil Gorsuch, the president has promised to nominate an impartial judge, a wise and seasoned jurist committed to upholding the Constitution at all costs. But no matter the nominee’s background or credentials, progressives will do everything they can to paint her as a closet partisan, if not an outright extremist. They will press, prod, and pry to unearth a radical agenda where none is to be found. They will pull out all the stops to accelerate the politicization of the Supreme Court — but they will have to go through me first.
For my part, I will do everything in my power to keep politics out of the confirmation process. As the senior member of the Judiciary Committee, I will fight to keep jurisprudence as the sole focus of our confirmation hearings. And I will devote all my energies to ensuring that we confirm the kind of Supreme Court justice America needs: a justice who says what the law is, not what she wants it to be; a justice who calls balls and strikes instead of swinging for the fences; a justice whose foremost allegiance is to the American people and to the Constitution.
Daily Wire said the pronoun is “significant because there is thought to be only one female candidate that is a finalist for the position: Amy Coney Barrett.”
It’s not clear whether Hatch knows who the nominee is or if he is simply hoping to persuade the president with his op-ed.
Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro wrote the following about Barrett:
Barrett’s nomination to the 7th Circuit became a cause celebre when Democrats began suggesting that her Catholicism was a bar to her ability to be an objective judge. She believes that life begins at conception, and signed a letter from the Becket Fund criticizing Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide contraceptive coverage, calling it a “grave violation of religious freedom.” Barrett has written in great depth on Justice Scalia’s originalism; she’s evidenced support for textualism as well. She clerked for Scalia.
Fox News adds:
Trump has reportedly narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court picks down to just three or four candidates. “Only one of those, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a woman and she has picked up support from some social conservatives in particular,” the report adds.
A Trump federal appeals court pick in 2017, Barrett was grilled by Democrats about her religious background at her confirmation hearing — with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., saying “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.
Those hoping Trump will pick Barrett may be encouraged by the op-ed by Hatch, although it is unclear if how familiar he is — if at all — with Trump’s thinking. It’s also possible he could be trying to nudge Trump toward picking Barrett.
Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2018