Opinion Editorial by Kelly Shackleford, President and CEO at First Liberty Institute. Originally published July 10, 2018 on Fox News.
President Trump’s announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States is directly in line with the president’s record thus far of selecting nominees who have demonstrated strict adherence to the Constitution.
While campaigning for president, Donald Trump promised the American people he would appoint judges who were independent, fair minded, and committed to upholding the Constitution.
Post-election analysis in 2016 revealed that the issue of replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia was the deciding factor in voting for Trump for millions of Americans.
The nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was the first in a series of judicial appointments by President Trump fulfilling the promise of candidate Trump.
He followed up with subsequent nominations of outstanding jurists to the Circuit Courts of Appeal like Jim Ho, Don Willett, and Amy Barrett.
Even a cursory review of all the names on the president’s list of potential nominees reveals that these men and women represent the best the legal profession has to offer: outstanding education, experience in the position, and well-reasoned decisions that fairly apply the law and the Constitution. Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia certainly continues the trend.