Supreme Court: What’s President Trump’s Next Move? [VIDEO]
Political analyst, writer and lawyer Royal Alexander explains what the Constitution says about nominations to the Supreme Court of the United States and what he anticipates President Trump will do in the wake of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
"The Constitution says the President shall nominate and the Senate will advise and consent," Alexander says, addressing the objections of those on the political left who say that President Trump, because it is an election year, should delay sending the name of a Court nominee to the Upper Chamber of the legislature. "It doesn't say anything else. In other words, this idea of 'no (nominee) in an election year' is just politics. All the Constitution requires is that there be a vacancy."
Alexander then talks about the political fight over any nominee, especially with the parties - and their voters - so polarized. "Both sides have been on both sides," he says, "Republicans and Democrats have been on both sides of this issue. That means when (one side) has the advantage, they're going to be in favor of doing it. When the other party has the advantage, no, it's a terrible idea. According to the Constitution, when it's an election year, when it's not an election year - none of that affects what goes on with the Supreme Court."