Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87, according to NPR, giving President Donald Trump his third opportunity to name a new justice to the high court. And on Saturday, the president made a big announcement about who it’s going to be.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally in North Carolina on Saturday, Trump said he will be choosing a woman to fill the vacancy left by Ginsburg, the BBC reported.
The president also said he’d announce his pick in the coming week.
“I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman,” Trump said, according to the BBC. “I think it should be a woman because I actually like women much more than men.”
“It will be a woman”
According to Breitbart, Trump had told reporters before boarding his plane to North Carolina that his pick would “most likely…be a woman.” On the plane ride, he seems to have made up his mind.
“We’re going to fill that seat,” Trump said at the Fayetteville rally, according to The Washington Times. “It will be a woman — a very talented, very brilliant woman.”
Speaking with reporters earlier, Trump indicated that it would be “appropriate” to choose a woman.
“I would say that a woman would be in first place, the choice of a woman would certainly be appropriate,” he said, according to Breitbart. Ginsburg was one of three women sitting on the Supreme Court bench. The others, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, were both appointed by former President Barack Obama, according to The New York Times.
Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton, according to NPR. The second woman to ever be confirmed to the high court, she served nearly three decades on the bench.
“What else can you say?”
Indeed, Ginsburg’s is a legacy that even President Trump has immense respect for.
“She led an amazing life. What else can you say?” Trump told reporters after hearing the news of Ginsburg’s death, according to The Hill. “She was an amazing woman. Whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.”
Among those who Trump is said to be eyeing for Ginsburg’s replacement are Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa, The Washington Times reports. Asked about Barrett on Saturday, Trump said she is “highly respected,” according to Breitbart.