(PresidentialWire.com)- Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who is notoriously anti-Trump and has sided with the Democrats on many issues in recent years, confirmed on Tuesday that he would support giving a floor vote to President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee.
Human Events editor-in-chief Will Chamberlain expressed surprise at the nomination.
Name a more useless politician than…wait what https://t.co/4tl0KHiX9Y
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) September 22, 2020
It should come as no surprise that conservatives expected Romney to oppose the decision. Not only has the Utah lawmaker protested on the street alongside Black Lives Matter, but he even voted to remove President Donald Trump from office following the Democrat-led impeachment hearings.
Romney’s confirmation that he would support the nominee means that President Donald Trump has the numbers he needs to pass his nominee, should Republican senators approve of her credentials.
Only two Republican senators have said that the party should hold off on nominating a new Supreme Court justice before the November election. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed this week that they have the support they need to move forward with the nomination process.
Romney confirmed that he would consider the nominee in line with the Constitution, and not to support the president.
“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee,” he said. “If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
My statement regarding the current Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/6YO0dPWWXc
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 22, 2020
In a statement, which he published on Twitter, Romney argued that the Constitution grants the president the power to nominate a candidate for the Senate to provide advice and consent.
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he would announce his nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday. On Monday afternoon, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit Court was seen meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. She is currently considered the frontrunner.