Published in The Associated Press
McConnell said Trump’s judicial nominees are bright, young men and women “who believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to follow the law.”
“And so, Mr. President, this is one of the many ways you’re helping to make America great again,” McConnell said.
Grassley credited Trump for his decision to put out a list of possible Supreme Court nominees when he ran for president.
“You kept your word. And 20 percent of the people voted for you based on the proposition of the kind of people you were going to put on the Supreme Court,” Grassley said.
Liberal groups questioned whether Trump’s focus on the judiciary will provide a winning formula again in 2020.
“It is stunning that after being repudiated in yesterday’s elections, the president believes he can win back support by reminding the American people of the litany of right-wing ideologues that he has awarded with lifetime positions as federal judges — many of whom are grossly unqualified,” said Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron.