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White House: Trump Has No 'Consensus' SCOTUS Nominees

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 May 2016 04:19 PM

The White House was unimpressed with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees, with Press Secretary Josh Earnest saying none had bipartisan appeal.

Earnest contrasted Trump's list of 11 names with President Barack Obama's own nominee Merrick Garland.

"I would be surprised if there are any Democrats who would describe any of those 11 individuals as a consensus nominee, but the individual that President Obama has put forward is somebody that Republicans have described as a consensus nominee," Earnest said during a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

"I think that speaks to the wisdom of the Senate acting on the president's nomination, and I think it speaks to the president's commitment to fulfilling his constitutional responsibilities to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court in a way that is consistent with his desire to protect the Supreme Court from the kind of partisan wars that it's been subjected to of late."

But Trump, who often notes he doesn't care about being politically correct, wasn't likely trying to please Democrats anyway, cable news pundits were quick to note.

Judge William Pryor of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta barely won confirmation, but has been "reliably conservative" since his 2005 appointment by President George W. Bush, said constitutional attorney Page Pate on "CNN Newsroom."

Another name on the list, Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee, is the brother of Utah Sen. Mike Lee, which could ease the confirmation process, Steve Vladeck, professor of law at American University, Washington College of Law, told CNN.

Fox News' Shannon Bream pointed to 7th Circuit Judge Diane Sykes, who has long been touted by conservatives as their answer to the three liberal female justices currently on the court.

Pate told CNN that Trump isn't required to actually name anyone on the list, but his announcement on Wednesday was a "shrewd political move," since some Republicans are wary of whom he might pick for the high court.

"Is this just Donald Trump placating the conservative base of the Republican Party, or is this really what he wants in the next Supreme Court justice?" Pate asked.

Some of the names on the list have been critical of Trump in the past, or have ties to people who have, among them Sykes, whose husband Charlie Sykes, is a Wisconsin radio talk show host who supported Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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