Sep 19, 2020
Transcript: Donald Trump Says He’ll Have His SCOTUS Pick ‘Next Week’, ‘Most Likely’ Will Be a Woman
Donald Trump spoke with reporters before his September 19 North Carolina rally, saying he will be making his Supreme Court nomination “next week” and “most likely it would be a woman,” mentioning Barbara Lagoa. Read the full transcript of his comments here.
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Speaker 1: (00:00)
Donald Trump: (00:01)
Well, they’re going to report the full scope of the deal very soon, very soon, but it’ll be totally controlled by Oracle and Walmart. All of the control is Walmart and Oracle, two great American companies. You have the combination of the Walmart, that’s obvious, and the high tech of Oracle, and the genius of the two leaders of those companies. Okay?
Speaker 3: (00:28)
[crosstalk 00:00:33]. Senator Collins said, “We’d like to see the next president be the one to nominate a Supreme Court Justice.” What do you think about that?
Donald Trump: (00:37)
Who said that?
Speaker 3: (00:38)
Speaker 4: (00:38)
Donald Trump: (00:38)
Well, I totally disagree with her. We have an obligation. We won, and we have an obligation as the winners to pick who we want. That’s not the next president. Hopefully, I’ll be the next president-
Speaker 5: (00:51)
What about Obama?
Donald Trump: (00:52)
But we’re here now. Right now, we’re here. And we have an obligation to the voters, all of the people, the millions of people that put us here in the form of a victory. We have an obligation to them, to all of those voters, and it’s a very simple thing. So I would disagree. If that’s what she said, that’s not the way I read it. I read it differently. But if that’s what she said, I totally disagree.
Speaker 6: (01:17)
[crosstalk 00:01:17] How many people are on your short list? Do you have a short list?
Donald Trump: (01:21)
I do. I have a short list.
Speaker 4: (01:21)
Donald Trump: (01:22)
I’ve had a short list for a while. We added a number of people onto the list, the previous list. We have about 45 altogether. I do indeed have a short list. I’ve gotten to know many of them. I think it’s probably, from a legal standpoint, from a sophisticated understanding of the law, from a constitutional standpoint, I think it’s the greatest list ever assembled.
Speaker 6: (01:47)
What do you think of [crosstalk 00:01:48]?
Donald Trump: (01:48)
And I think that the other side should show their radical left list, and I think you’ll be surprised.
Speaker 6: (01:55)
President Trump, what do you think of Amy Coney Barrett? A lot of people think she’s the front runner.
Donald Trump: (01:58)
Well, she’s very highly respected. I can say that.
Speaker 6: (02:01)
Would you like the new lead to be a woman?
Donald Trump: (02:05)
I could see most likely it would be a woman. Yeah, I think I can say that it would be a woman. If somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place, yes. The choice of a woman I would say would certainly be appropriate.
Speaker 7: (02:23)
[crosstalk 00:02:23] Barbara Lagoa.
Donald Trump: (02:26)
She’s an extraordinary person. I’ve heard incredible things about her. I don’t know her. She’s Hispanic and highly respected. Miami. Highly respected.
Speaker 8: (02:36)
Sir, President Obama said in 2016, Merrick Garland, he had a chance to [inaudible 00:02:42]. That was an election year. Why should [inaudible 00:02:44] get a chance to [inaudible 00:02:46] in the election year?
Donald Trump: (02:46)
Well, that’s called the consequences of losing an election. He lost the election. He didn’t have the votes. When you lose elections, sometimes things don’t work out well.
Speaker 3: (02:55)
He didn’t lose the election. [crosstalk 00:02:56]
Donald Trump: (02:56)
And by the way, I have to say this. Judge Garland is highly respected. I have a lot of respect for him. I do. I have a lot of respect for him, but it’s the consequences of an election.
Speaker 9: (03:06)
Do you expect a vote before the election or after the election?
Donald Trump: (03:10)
Well, I don’t know. We’re working with all of the Republican senators and working with Mitch McConnell, and we’ll be making a decision. I would think before it would be very good, but we’ll be making a decision. I think the process can go very, very fast. I’ll be making my choice soon, and when the choice is made, I’ll be sending it over to Mitch and the Senate, and they will do what they have to do. I think we’ll have a very popular choice, whoever it may be, but we’ll be sending it over to the Senate.
Speaker 10: (03:41)
Mr. President, [crosstalk 00:03:42] next week?
Donald Trump: (03:44)
I think the choice will be next week. Yes, I do. I do. Okay? We’ll see you, some of you in North Carolina, okay? Thank you very much.