Trump Defends Picking SCOTUS Replacement So Close to General Election: ‘Consequences of Losing an Election’

President Donald Trump fielded questions from the assembled press on the White House lawn Saturday evening. He addressed the suddenly vacant Supreme Court Justice seat after Friday’s death of Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg.

Trump was asked why nominating and appointing a new justice just seven weeks away from a general election is different than Merrick Garland’s nomination in the last year of President Obama’s second term, Trump explained that it was the “consequence of losing an
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