President Obama suggested Monday that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump isn’t qualified to nominate justices to the Supreme Court — and therefore the Republican-controlled Senate should give his nominee a hearing and a vote.
In a live-streamed interview with the website Buzzfeed, Obama said the Republican vow not to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a hearing could come back to bite them if a Republican president is elected.
“Now what we have is a situation where having made that promise, Republicans are looking at a Republican nominee who many of them say isn’t qualified to be president, much less appoint somebody,” Obama said. “And it seems to me they’d be better off going ahead and giving an hearing and a vote to someone who they themselves have said is well qualified.”
Trump, who has all but sewn up the GOP nomination, is in the process of trying to unify various wings of the party — including anti-abortion conservatives skeptical about his views on abortion. In response, Trump told Fox News last week that he would appoint conservative, pro-life judges to the Supreme Court.