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As he works to unite a fractured party, Donald Trump took the unusual step of releasing a list of eleven potential picks he would consider to replace Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said in a statement the list “is representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value and, as President, I plan to use this list as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices.”
“I have a lot of people that are conservative that really like me, love everything I stand for, but they really would like to know my view,” he told Fox News. “Because perhaps outside of the defense of our country, perhaps the single most important thing the next president is going to have to do is pick Supreme Court justices.”
Of the eleven names, one stands outs for an interesting reason — Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.
Willett is very active on Twitter with more than 35,000 followers and has not hesitated to openly ridicule Trump — here are just two examples of his humor and quick wit:
Can't wait till Trump rips off his face Mission Impossible-style & reveals a laughing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. pic.twitter.com/LieabD35zb
— Judge Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) August 27, 2015
"We'll rebuild the Death Star. It'll be amazing, believe me. And the rebels will pay for it."
—Darth Trump pic.twitter.com/y25LADg15J
— Judge Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) April 8, 2016
Willett spoke very highly of Scalia following his death, calling him “a giant in American law and culture.” He told the Independent Journal Review that he considers it a “rich honor” to be included on Trump’s list.
“I respect all, and personally know several, of the judges listed,” Willet said in an email. “Being named alongside them for any purpose is a rich honor. They are exceptional jurists, and importantly, over half have served or are serving in the state judiciary, where most American justice is dispensed.”
As for the media, the one overriding question CNN’s Jake Tapper had for Willett was will he continue to tweet if elevated to the highest court in the land:
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 18, 2016
The other names on the list include:
• Steven Colloton of Iowa.
• Allison Eid of Colorado.
• Raymond Gruender of Missouri.
• Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania.
• Raymond Kethledge of Michigan.
• Joan Larsen of Michigan.
• Thomas Lee of Utah.
• William Pryor of Alabama.
• David Stras of Minnesota.
• Diane Sykes of Wisconsin.
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