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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is good at her job, so much so that sometimes the media seems to be at a disadvantage going up against her.
A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard University, McEnany is rarely, if ever caught unprepared — McEnany’s briefing binder caught the attention of some in the media, who made a big fuss over it — and that was clear in a Monday appearance on “CBS This Morning.”
CBS anchor Gayle King opened the interview by pointing to polling that showed 52% of Americans say the Supreme Court opening brought about by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be filled by whoever wins the election, asking whether President Trump would go along with polling.
“The president is clear in saying that he’ll be nominating someone to the Supreme Court,” McEnany replied. “In fact, 29 times in history a president in their last year of their term has, in fact, nominated someone and been considered by the Senate. The president will be following that precedent, and we believe voters will be supportive of this move as we move forward and they see the quality of our nominee.”
President Trump says he will soon nominate a justice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 21, 2020
King cited Joe Biden saying the effort to fill the vacancy is “an exercise in raw power,” and Trump’s spokesperson shut that down in a hurry.
“I would refer former Vice President Joe Biden to his own words, when he said, in fact, that he would appoint a Supreme Court nominee if there were even just a few months before an election,” McEnany said. “He said that. So too did President Barack Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris, among other Democrats. I would point them to their own words just a few short years ago.
After a brief discussion on how circumstances are different today than they were in 2016, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell waited until after the election to hold Supreme Court confirmation hearings, McEnany assured King a nominee would be named this week.
Perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
In expressing confidence they have the needed votes, she also confirmed again that the nominee will be a woman.
“So we do think that we will end up having the votes,” McEnany said. “We encourage Republican senators to take a look at this nominee we’re putting forward. It will be a very talented woman — the president did confirm that it will be a woman.”
As for timing, the press secretary said it will be “a tight turnaround.”
“We know Justice Ginsburg, who we honor her legacy here at the White House, she was confirmed in 42 days,” she said. “So it can be done, and we think it will be done.”
As for being prepared, McEnany quickly tweeted screenshots of tweets from Obama, Biden and Harris in 2016 calling for Supreme Court vacancies to be filled before the election.
She thanked the Democrats “for supporting [Trump’s] decision to nominate a highly qualified nominee to the Supreme Court!”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) September 21, 2020
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