President Donald Trump is set to announce his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday evening. Sen. Orrin Hatch may have given away the game a few days early.
Hatch wrote an op-ed in the Deseret News vowing to “lift heaven and earth” to make sure Trump’s nominee is confirmed by the Senate. However, Hatch may have left a huge clue as to who Trump will pick by repeatedly using a female pronoun when referring to the nominee.
But, interestingly in the piece, he makes references to the nominee as “her.”
“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,” he writes. “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” [emphasis added.]
Trump is believed to have narrowed his shortlist 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.
Maybe Hatch knows something, or maybe he’s just trolling us. We’ll find out on Monday evening when President Trump announces his Supreme Court pick during a primetime event.