President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE argued Tuesday that his forthcoming nominee to the Supreme Court should receive a vote before the November election so that the high court will have nine justices to resolve election-related disputes.
“We need nine justices. You need that with the unsolicited millions of ballots that they’re sending. It’s a scam,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. “It’s a hoax. Everybody knows that and the Democrats know it better than anybody else. So, you’re going to need nine justices up there. I think it’s going to be very important because what they’re doing is a hoax with the ballots.”
“Doing it before the election would be a very good thing because you’re going to probably see it because what they’re trying to do is sow confusion and everything else,” Trump continued.
Trump has repeatedly made dubious claims about expanded mail-in voting inviting substantial fraud into the election. Experts say that there is not evidence of meaningful fraud in mail-in voting. Trump’s critics view it as an effort to cast doubt on the results of the election should he lose; Trump has also falsely claimed that the only way he will lose the election is if it is “rigged.”
Other Republicans have advanced similar arguments in pushing for Trump’s nominee, who he plans to announce Saturday, to receive a swift vote before Election Day. In a contentious interview on ABC News this weekend, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy Murkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Fla.) suggested that Democrats could challenge the election results if Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE does not win.
“We need a full court on Election Day given the very high likelihood that we’re going to see litigation that goes to the court. We need a Supreme Court that can give a definitive answer for the country.”
Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceGardner signals support for taking up Supreme Court nominee this year Biden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll GOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight MORE likewise raised the prospect of the Supreme Court having to weigh into election-related issues in an interview on Fox Business Tuesday afternoon.
“With all the talk about universal, unsolicited mail-in balloting where we see states around the country extending the deadline, there is a possibility that election issues may come before the Supreme Court in the days following the election,” Pence told Fox host Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsSean Hannity and Lou Dobbs to be deposed in Seth Rich lawsuit: report Trump praises several Fox News shows at briefing for coverage of Russia probe GOP leader says he doesn’t want Chamber’s endorsement: ‘They have sold out’ MORE.
Trump said Tuesday he would announce his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgGraham: GOP will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the election Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally The Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight MORE on Saturday. Republicans have not yet set out a clear timeline for the confirmation proceedings, but Trump has made clear that he wants a vote before the election, which is six weeks away.
Most Republicans have lined up behind Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: GOP will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the election Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally The Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight MORE (R-Ky.) in moving forward with confirmation proceedings for Trump’s nominee, though at least two GOP senators oppose voting on the nomination before the election.
Democrats argue that the next president should nominate someone to fill the vacancy, pointing to Republicans’ decision not to hold a vote on then-President Obama’s nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGraham: GOP will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the election Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally The Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight MORE, in 2016.