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Debate coach Brett O’Donnell reviews what could trip Trump up during debate with Biden

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Brett O’Donnell, a top GOP political debate coach, said Wednesday that President Trump should be vigilant in his upcoming debate with Joe Biden, by steering clear of certain issues which might tank his White House reelection chances.

“One of the things that could derail the president is if he spends too much time on defense and not enough time on offense,” O’Donnell told Fox News. “If he spends too much time talking about what went right and wrong with the coronavirus response – and instead talks about why this is China’s fault – [he will do well]. And [he should] say that a Biden administration would have handled it poorly, given how soft they are on China.”

O’Donnell said Trump should also focus on the success being seen in the economy by way of promising jobs numbers and a stabilized stock market, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and recent unrest in major cities.

“That is one of his greatest arguments for why he should be reelected and it happens to be the thing that we’ll look at as the most important issue to vote on in an election,” he said. “[Trump] has to defend what they’ve done on the economy. What could derail him is if he gets hung up on either side issues that folks don’t really care about, or defending specific actions during the pandemic.

When asked if Trump will — or should — go after Biden’s mental faculties, O’Donnell said he expects the president to address the issue but doesn’t think he will go into specifics.

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“I do think the president will demonstrate that Biden has lost a step or two,” he added. “Biden uses notes, teleprompters. He’s had staff who’ve had to help him… I don’t think Trump has to call him any names.”

Due to his long tenure in the Senate and his service as vice president under Barack Obama, O’Donnell claimed Biden will have a hard time dealing with Trump’s attacks if the commander-in-chief is able to stay on message.

“The first time Biden attacks the president for being racist, the president can unload on him,” he said. “There are all sorts of things the president can go after Joe Biden for, on almost every single issue. On China or trade, Trump can attack him for voting for the most favored nations clause, all of the bad trade deals, voting for NAFTA.”

As for Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., the debate expert advised Trump to go after her and the other core Democratic party leaders as a unit and harp on the party’s more progressive wing.

“The president should lump all of them together,” he said. “Trump should attack Joe Biden, the socialist. It’s very apparent he wants to run from that label. The president should go after all of their ideas and not let Biden get away with separating himself from [party progressives]. He needs to attack them all as a group.”

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The first debate, moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Case Western University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The format will consist of six 15-minute-long segments – each one dedicated to a specific topic.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the issues Wallace has selected as topics on Tuesday, which will include the looming Supreme Court battle, the coronavirus pandemic response, the economy, and civil unrest in America’s cities.

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Newt Gingrich: Trump has an astonishing opportunity to makes history again

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President Trump has already earned a remarkable number of historic achievements as a candidate and as president. For a man who ran to change the direction of government, he has succeeded more than any analyst would have thought possible.

First, as a brand new candidate, he took on 15 other Republicans and a hostile news media (go back and watch those debates and note how often the most hostile questions and the greatest expressions of scorn and contempt were aimed at candidate Trump).

As the Republican nominee, he defeated the Hillary Clinton machine and the elite media.

However, these two remarkable achievements were never fully acknowledged because victory on election night was repudiated psychologically. The propaganda media of the left, left-wing activists and Democratic politicians went into hyper aggressiveness to discredit and delegitimize the Trump victory.

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No President since Abraham Lincoln in 1860 has had as large a portion of the American people refuse to accept the legitimacy of the victory as Trump faced.

Over the following three years, the anti-Trump bureaucracy, the anti-Trump propaganda media, and the Trump-hating Democrats colluded to make up lie after lie.

The New York Times and The Washington Post won Pulitzer prizes for printing stories based on these lies. False information given to them illegally by Trump-hating bureaucrats who violated their oaths and broke the law because of their self-righteous conviction that anything could and should be done to the man who had usurped Clinton’s presidency.

President Trump stayed on offense through all the attacks. The largest deregulatory effort went on despite them. A giant job-creating tax cut was passed despite the hostility. The new trade policy focusing on American jobs and American economic interests was implemented despite the rabid hatred. An enormous military buildup began. A bold new program of developing the moon and moving on to develop Mars was launched. The first new military service in 70 years, the U.S. Space Force, was created.

Despite smears, constant investigations, hysterical accusations, a phony impeachment, President Trump continued to focus on creating the kind of disruptive changes for which his supporters voted.

One of the most remarkable, possibly the most remarkable, achievements of the Trump first term was the extraordinarily productive alliance he formed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Where Trump was a newcomer to the Washington governing process in January 2017, McConnell had spent his lifetime mastering the system of acquiring and using power in Washington.

As he outlines in his remarkable memoir, “The Long Game,” McConnell’s only ambition in life was to become a United States Senator and ultimately Senate Majority Leader.

He is the greatest master of the Senate system since President Lyndon Johnson, and it has really made possible one of the great achievements in Senate history: The approval of more than 300 federal judges – and in a few days, the approval of a third Justice of the Supreme Court.

In President Trump’s first term, he has recentered the federal judiciary away from three generations of liberal bias toward a constitutionally focused, strict construction consensus. That achievement could only have come with the hard work of the Federalist Society and the masterful leadership of Leader McConnell.

The decision to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court only seven weeks before the election has to be seen within the context of this endless passion and commitment by President Trump to continue disrupting the old order.

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The historic precedents fit the president’s actions. Despite the lies and hysteria of the Democrats, left-wing activists, and the propaganda media, the historic fact is that President Trump is simply following precisely the precedent set in 1800. There is nothing to suggest a President cannot nominate a replacement if a court position is vacant up until the day his or her term ends.

Furthermore, given the hatred and vitriol with which Democrats have tried to destroy President Trump, why should he worry about their hand wringing and whining?

Trump supporters elected him to change Washington.

He has an astonishing opportunity to nominate a third Supreme Court Justice and truly define the judicial tone of America for at least a generation.

Leader McConnell has carefully nurtured his members and seems to have the votes to confirm a nominee if they can meet the standards of intelligence, education, experience, and character which is appropriate for a Supreme Court Justice.

The viciousness of the slurs and slander heaped upon Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family may be repeated by an anti-religious propaganda media and the hysterically wound up activists of the left.

That will only harden Republican resolve to vote “yes” and will further alienate the Kamala Harris-Joe Biden ticket from the country.

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President Trump is about to make history again.

It is fun to watch.

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Trump issues order banning certain types of race training from government contractors, grant recipients

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President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday evening that banned certain race and sex-based training from federal contractors, as well as the military and federal agencies — a follow-up move to a previous memo to end “critical race theory” and “white privilege” training for executive employees that the Trump administration has called “anti-American propaganda.”

A memo earlier this month from Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought on the same issue applied just to “executive branch agencies.” The Tuesday order said that “Executive departments and agencies… our Uniformed Services, Federal contractors, and Federal grant recipients” are required to avoid such trainings that “are pushing a different vision of America that is grounded in hierarchies based on collective social and political identities rather than in the inherent and equal dignity of every person as an individual.”

The order adds: “This ideology is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans.”

TRUMP ENDS ‘CRITICAL RACE THEORY’ TRAINING FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, CALLS IT A ‘SICKNESS’

Trump announced the order in a pair of tweets.

“A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies,” Trump said. “Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business … with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!”

As examples of things that would be against the new rules, the executive order lists a training from Argonne National Laboratories that “stated that racism ‘is interwoven into every fabric of America;'” a training from Sandia National Laboratories for non-minority males that “stated an emphasis on ‘rationality over emotionality'” is characteristic of White men; and a Smithsonian Institution graphic that read “[f]acing your whiteness is hard and can result in feelings of guilt, sadness, confusion, defensiveness, or fear.”

The chair of the University of Maryland American Studies Department, Psyche Williams-Forson, called the order a “dog whistle,” according to Reuters. Williams-Forson told the publication it is “a way to ease the minds of people who do not want to confront the horror of their ancestry.”

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On grant recipients, which include many universities that have embraced critical race theory training, the order says federal agency heads should review their programs and identify to which they can add a condition not to use federal dollars promoting critical race theory.

For uniformed services, the order says members cannot be retaliated against for “refusal to support, believe, endorse, embrace, confess, act upon, or otherwise assent” to critical race theory concepts.

The order also states that it does not ban the affected institutions from “promoting racial, cultural, or ethnic diversity or inclusiveness” and adds that critical race theory topics are fair game for academic instruction if discussed without endorsement.

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Rep. Mike Johnson: Trump and the Court — Amy Coney Barrett has the qualities we need and deserve in a justice

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Prior to the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, everyone knew that the next open seat on the Supreme Court would spark an epic battle that could determine the direction of the Court—and our nation—for decades. While President Trump’s shortlist of potential nominees is filled with excellent jurists, the current frontrunner is, and rightfully should be, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

As a friend and colleague who has known Amy for more than 30 years, I can say without reservation that she would be the ideal pick. Before the Senate Democrats go digging to try to destroy her, I think they should know what they’re up against.

Amy has been respected her whole life as a person of the highest moral integrity, and she has all the qualities that America needs and deserves in a Supreme Court justice. She is brilliant, principled, hardworking, strong, and gracious. She reveres the Constitution, adheres to an originalist philosophy, and teaches and practices the importance of judicial restraint.

As I reminded President Trump most recently over the weekend, Amy should be considered a “female Scalia,” and the natural inheritor of his extraordinary legacy on the Court. She clerked for him, studied constitutional law under him, and is cut out of the same mold. She is exactly what the president promised when he vowed to appoint “justices like Antonin Scalia.”

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Amy has always been a person of firm conviction. I first met her in 1988, our junior year of high school, at a student leadership event in Louisiana. We came from different parts of the state but became fast friends.

Amy stood out among all the other student leaders because of her talent and affability. Even as a teenager, she walked with the quiet confidence of one who knows who they are and why they are here. The smartest person in the room was also the kindest and most selfless. Real leadership is recognized and not imposed.

She could have attended an Ivy League law school, but instead, she graduated with honors from Notre Dame. The institution she chose is exceptional and highly respected, but not elitist. Amy fits that description herself, and that is important to millions of Americans for so many reasons.

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Before I was elected to Congress, I litigated constitutional law cases in federal courts for nearly 20 years, and I found that the best judges were always those who were in their personal lives relatable, humble, and grounded. Elitists rarely have the temperament to understand real people and real problems, and judges who lead with hubris are dangerous to our system.

Amy is battle-tested and has an extensive record that has already been fully vetted by the public and the Senate.

She is an accomplished constitutional scholar, law professor, and appellate court judge, but more than that, she is a good person—a wife, a doting mother of seven beautiful children (including two they adopted from Haiti and one with special needs), and a person of genuine faith.

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She was never consumed with career ambition or material success, but with the things that matter most.

During her confirmation hearing for the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, when the Left could find no blemish in Amy’s personal or professional background, they shamelessly attacked her instead for her Christian faith.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, snarled at her infamously: “[T]he dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Amy responded with patience and clearly explained, “It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law.”

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The real issue of concern today is how low and far-left Feinstein, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer,and the rest of the Senate Democrats are aiming to go.

If Democrats’ only play now is to insist that mainstream, practicing Christians are somehow ineligible for service in our judicial system, our country is in greater trouble than we thought. That kind of hostility is terribly corrosive and, of course, directly contradicts our nation’s founding principles.

Whatever weapons are formed against her, Amy Coney Barrett’s integrity will stand even taller the more it is assaulted.

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At those student leadership workshops we attended 30 years ago, it was emphasized that our character would help determine our destiny.

It was true. Amy was always destined to reach the highest levels of influence and achievement—and, it now appears, the highest court in the land.

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VA cancels ‘race cafe’ event that allegedly violated Trump’s executive order

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The Department of Veterans Affairs told Fox News that it has cancelled an event on race and microaggressions after appearing to defend it as in compliance with the President Trump’s recent executive order on critical race theory.

“VA is fully adhering to President Trump’s directive, and this event is no longer scheduled. VA treats all Veterans and employees equally and with the utmost respect,” VA Press Secretary Christina Noel told Fox News.

The issue emerged after Chris Rufo — who works for the Discovery Institute, a conservative think tank —  claimed on Monday to have received word that the VA’s West Palm Beach office would hold a “race cafe” in which participants were scheduled to discuss microaggressions and executives were expected to sign an “equity pledge.”

Rufo claimed that the event clearly violated an order the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released earlier this month, mandating agencies to halt any trainings which involved critical race theory.

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When Fox News initially contacted the VA on Monday, the agency denied any wrongdoing.

“This event has nothing to do with critical race theory. It’s simply a voluntary discussion focused on maintaining an environment that’s welcoming for all employees,” said Mary Kay Rutan, Manager at the Office of Communication and Stakeholder Relations at the VA.

Rutan added: “The pledge referenced is simply focused on eliminating disparities in health care outcomes among minorities – a common area of focus in the medical community known as health equity.”

Fox News later asked the Office of Management and Budget for its reaction to the VA’s statement, but didn’t immediately receive a response. Early on Tuesday afternoon, Noel told Fox News the event had been canceled.

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The incident was just the latest to raise questions about the administration’s agenda at various levels of leadership. Rufo, on Monday, also claimed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State Department were proceeding with “critical race theory trainings.”

James Hewitt, Associate Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Public Affairs, later told Fox News that it was halting a seminar that Rufo flagged.

“Until we have greater clarification on the Executive Order, we have put such trainings on hold,” Hewitt said in an email to Fox News.

Last week, Rufo reported that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was proceeding with a training on racism, despite the president’s executive order. OMB Director Russ Vought later announced that the event had been cancelled.

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Most critical race theorists believe that racism infects all of our society’s institutions, including public education and the criminal justice system.

“Critical race theory explains the complexity, the messiness of race and racism in our society in a way that is much more detailed, much more rigorous, much more complex than the simple narrative we’re told as children and that so many people continue to think and believe as adults,” Angela Onwuachi-Willig, dean of Boston University School of Law and an expert on critical race theory, explained to the Boston Globe.

“Racism is not extraordinary,” she continued. “Race and racism are basically baked into everything we do in our society. It’s embedded in our institutions. It’s embedded in our minds and hearts.”

The Trump administration has described these types of trainings in a tweet as un-American and a “sickness” and asked the public to “please report any sightings.”

Vought later announced an email tip line so that whistleblowers could flag those events. “We have been working with agencies to identify un-American trainings. We have set up an email to report these sightings. These must be stopped!” Vought tweeted.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Canadian woman suspected of sending White House a ricin package to appear in court

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A Canadian woman is scheduled for her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon to face charges that she sent a package containing the deadly substance ricin to the White House.

Pascale Ferrier, of Quebec, was arrested Sunday at the New York-Canada border. She will appear in federal court in Buffalo to face a charge of threatening the president.

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The package, postmarked from Canada and addressed to the White House, was sent sometime last week and intercepted at a mail sorting facility on Friday. It included a letter that included disparaging remarks about the president, according to an FBI affidavit filed in the case.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Ferrier had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.

During the investigation, the FBI discovered that six additional similar letters appeared to have been received in Texas in September and also had stamps indicating that they’d been mailed from Canada, according to court papers.

Those letters “contained similar language” to the letter that was sent to Trump and were sent to people affiliated with facilities where Ferrier had been jailed in 2019.

Investigators also matched Ferrier’s fingerprints from four of the letters, the complaint said. In Facebook and Twitter posts in September, Ferrier also wrote threatening messages against the president and used similar wording as she did in the letter, according to the document.

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When she was arrested Sunday while trying to enter a border crossing in Buffalo, Ferrier told Customs and Border Patrol agents that she was “wanted by the FBI for the ricin letters,” the complaint said. Officers found a loaded gun in her waistband and said she was also carrying a knife.

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Ferrier was booked into the Hidalgo County jail in March of 2019 on two charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon and one charge of tampering with government records, according to online jail records. Ferrier is listed as living in Quebec and was released in May of last year. The records state the charges against her were ordered dismissed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump: Supreme Court pick to be announced Saturday at White House

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he’ll announce his choice for the Supreme Court this coming Saturday at the White House.

The president added, “Exact time TBA.”

Trump has vowed to announce a pick for the high court promptly. The seat was vacated on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last Friday at age 87 following cancer complications.

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Education Secretary Besty Devos under investigation for potential Hatch Act violation: report

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The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act for her comments during an interview with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum, according to Politico.

During the interview on “The Story”, Devos had been asked about Biden’s promise to roll back her school choice policies.

“Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s really shameful,” Devos said.

The interview was then promoted through the official channels of the Department of Education, according to an email shared by the outlet.

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The complaint, shared by Politico, alleges that Devos’ comment “attacked Democratic Presidential Candidate Vice President Joe Biden and his education proposals in a way that went far beyond policy differences.”

“These individual acts are each unique violations of the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees and cabinet officials such as Secretary DeVos from using their official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the results of an election,” the complaint states.

In addition, the complaint calls Devos’ characterization of Biden a “personal political attack.”

“With a Presidential election less than two months away, this is clearly campaign rhetoric, not policy discussion,” the complaint reads. “Additionally, the premeditated nature and dissemination of the video of Secretary DeVos’s political attacks on Joe Biden from the Department of Education and Secretary DeVos’s Twitter account shows that this was a coordinated campaign, political attack on Joe Bidden from Secretary DeVos intended to damage Joe Biden’s campaign.”

An OSC spokesperson told FOX News that the office “generally cannot comment on or confirm the status of Hatch Act investigations.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Education did not immediately return FOX News’ request for comment.

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The Office of Special Counsel is an independent agency tasked with investigating the Hatch Act, which “prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or in a federal room or building.” The office is not affiliated with special counsel Robert Mueller‘s prior investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Trump administration has faced multiple accusations of Hatch Act violations, most recently their use of the White House South Lawn and Rose Garden for the Republican National Convention. The agency noted, however, that the law does not apply to the President or Vice President and that the use of both areas do not violate the act.

The OSC has reprimanded several senior administration officials for violating the Hatch Act, including Kellyanne Conway, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and HUD official Lynne Patton.

A federal employee who violates the Hatch Act is subject to a range of disciplinary actions, including removal from federal service, a reduction in grade, or the employee’s salary, debarment from federal service for a period of up to 5 years, suspension, letter of reprimand, or a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000.

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Flashback: Kamala Harris was open to packing Supreme Court to shift balance away from conservatives

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2020 Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris went on record last year saying she might support adding additional seats to the Supreme Court, in an effort to swing the ideological balance of the judicial branch back to the left.

Beginning with Robert Bork’s failed nomination by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s — and continuing up until the most recent nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh — Senate confirmation fights have turned into political do-or-dies for both sides of the aisle, as reflected by Harris’ past comments to Politico.

“We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court,” Harris said last March, according to Politico. “We have to take this challenge head-on, and everything is on the table to do that.”

Harris also reportedly shared similar sentiments with the New York Times, saying she was “absolutely open to” packing the court.

The California Democrat was not the only member of her party’s presidential hopefuls to commit to a court-packing strategy if Trump continued to see success in reshaping the high court. Some even offered proposals to add up to 10 more members.

Though justices are nominated by the president — and confirmed with the advice and consent of the Senate — judicial nominees were not thought to be an absolute issue. More often than not, Republicans and Democrats were capable of compromise. In the last several decades, however, the country has seen a historic escalation that has shattered any expectation of bipartisan unity on the matter.

Sens.Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., all signaled an openness to overhauling the court if they became president. Progressive groups have also devoted funding to push the message to the public, in an effort to tap into perceived liberal anger over Trump’s judicial efficiency.

“First they steal a Supreme Court seat, and then they turn around and change the rules on the filibuster on a Supreme Court seat,” Warren said during a podcast interview last year. “So when it swings back to us what are we going to do? I think all the options are on the table.”

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Democrats have lambasted the GOP in recent days over the memory of Senate Republicans – led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – refusing in 2016 to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump’s first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, was ultimately confirmed instead.

McConnell said at the time that the American public should have a say in the process with their vote for president, but has since defended his decision to move forward with Trump’s nominee, claiming the situation is different because the same party currently controls the presidency and the Senate – which was not the case in 2016.

The Kentucky Republican has been extremely committed to pushing through Trump’s judicial agenda with a rallying cry of “No vacancy left behind.” He has helped the president fill over 200 appeals court openings, some of which were leftover from the Obama administration.

For the federal courts, Democrats set the rules in 2011, when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada — exasperated with GOP opposition to Obama’s nominees — eliminated the filibuster threshold for most of the president’s judicial choices.

McConnell then expanded on the decision in 2017 to include Supreme Court nominees, which eventually allowed Gorsuch to win confirmation.

Trump on the other hand has rejected the idea of court-packing and seems committed to filling the seat left open by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing with a female nominee. Potentially, Notre Dame professor and federal judge Amy Coney Barrett.

“I wouldn’t entertain [packing the court]. The only reason that they’re doing that is they want to try and catch up,” the president said when asked about the so-called court-packing scheme during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

The idea of court-packing was born out of Democrat Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal initiative, which was being curtailed and checked by a conservative court. He proposed adding up to six more members to produce more favorable rulings for the executive branch.

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“I will appoint justices who will not undertake to override the judgment of the Congress on legislative policy,” the Democratic president said in a “Fireside chat” radio address in March 1937.

The plan was met with public angst and political condemnation, before it was ultimately abandoned.

Fox News’ Bill Mears contributed to this report 

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Romney keeping quiet on SCOTUS vacancy as confirmation fight looms

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An aide for Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told Fox News on Monday that he’ll likely wait until the Republican Senate caucus convenes before he shares his position on the Supreme Court vacancy left open last week following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Utah Republican is one of the few moderate senators yet to make their position known on a potential hearing for a Trump nominee. Romney has had a publically contentious relationship with President Trump on various issues both before and after the commander in chief’s election victory in 2016.

Romney’s staff said the caucus lunch is set for Tuesday afternoon and that he will not be making any official statement until it has ended.

Ginsburg passed away Friday at the age of 87 from complications stemming from her ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer.

Democrats have lambasted the GOP in recent days over the memory of Senate Republicans – led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – refusing in 2016 to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

McConnell said at the time that the American public should have a say in the process with their vote for president, but has since defended his decision to move forward with Trump’s nominee, saying the situation is different because the same party currently controls the presidency and the Senate – which was not the case in 2016.

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Other Republican lawmakers who are on the fence – or who have spoken out against nominating a justice before Election Day – include Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Gardner, who is up for reelection in November, said on Saturday that the nation needed time to mourn and “reflect” on Ginsburg’s death before the “politics begin.”

Collins has come out against the Senate taking up any nominee until voters have had their say at the ballot box.

She later reiterated her position on Saturday, saying Republicans should wait until a winner prevails in the upcoming presidential contest before Congress can move forward.

Murkowski came out on Sunday and doubled down on the same position.

“I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia,” she said.

Murkowski added: “We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply.”

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On the flip side, Trump’s 2020 campaign said Sunday that the White House will be moving quickly to nominate a woman, with federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett – a former law professor – considered to be the front-runner.

“Voters elected Donald J. Trump president in 2016 and gave Republicans an expanded majority in 2018, so the people already have spoken,” communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.

Fox News’ Kelly Phares contributed to this report 

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