Two names emerged from the list of Supreme Court contenders that President Trump should consider following the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to reports.
Judges Amy Coney Barrett in Chicago and Barbara Lagoa in Atlanta are said to top the list.
Trump told a North Carolina rally crowd on Saturday night that he intended to appoint a woman to succeed Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
“She will be a woman, a very talented and brilliant woman,” Trump said of his potential choice. “I think it should be a woman. I actually like women a lot more than I like men.”
“She will be a woman, a very talented and brilliant woman. I think she should be a woman.”;
Barrett, 48, a Chicago-based Court of Appeals for the United States Seventh Circuit judge, is a conservative, pro-life Roman Catholic who was employed by the late Judge Antonin Scalia after graduating from law school.
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The New Orleans native was named by Trump to the Seventh Circuit in 2017. She taught law at the University of Notre Dame for 15 years but had no other judicial record, according to the Washington Post.
He believes in originalism, the idea that judges should interpret the Constitution as the Founding Fathers intended it.
During his confirmation hearing on the Seventh Circuit, he said he would not let his personal religious beliefs influence his judicial decisions and would consider rulings like Roe. V Wade’s binding precedent, although experts said it would likely support his overturn, the paper reported.
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Lagoa, 52, has extensive judicial experience.
The Miami native was named in 2006 by then Gov. Jeb Bush to Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals, where she served for over a decade before being briefly elevated to the state Supreme Court. Last year, Trump named her to the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Atlanta-based circuit and she was easily confirmed, according to USA Today.
Lagoa is a member of the conservative Federalist Society and is backed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, but some have questioned her conservative credentials, especially on abortion, according to Politico.
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She is also Roman Catholic and of Cuban descent, which could help Trump in November.