When Trump first ran for office in 2016, I made it a point to watch most of the Trump rallies. So far in 2020, I have a perfect record viewing Trump rallies.
Unlike the 2016 Trump rallies, the 2000 rallies are being held at airports instead of large arenas, etc. Also, instead of being called rallies, Trump refers to them as “peaceful” protests.
Because Fox News, unlike in 2016, seldom broadcasts Trump rallies in full, by Googling, we can view every Trump rally starting two hours before the rally is scheduled to begin, where young reporters working for the network conduct interviews and present a running, informative commentary to thousands of assembled, enthusiastic Trump supporters sporting an array of Trump paraphernalia.
The excitement builds to a fever pitch when Air Force One is seen on the horizon, assuring those gathered — many having waited hours for this moment — when Trump will be mounting the podium to give one of his trademark, fiery and entertaining speeches. Often lasting for 1-1/2 hours, Trump’s supporters remain mesmerized during the entire time. Unlike Biden, Trump only occasionally opts to use his teleprompter, mostly when when nearing the end of his ad lib remarks.
I first heard of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death when listening to a Trump rally held at the airport in Bemidji, MN on Friday, September 18, 2020, when a caption came across my TV screen that Justice Ginsburg had died at 87 years old. Trump was well into his speech at the time of the alert, receiving the news after his departure from the staging area.
- It is Constitutionally specified without limitation or conditions that the President make a nomination without delay
- Trump must do so to show his disposition on the temperament of his nomination so voters will have the opportunity to agree or disagree with his choice via the ballot box
- The Senate must advance Trumps choice so that Senators can show their disposition on the selection to voters in the November election
- In the event the Senate is unable to agree on Trump’s selection by the election, the next President will be making the selection for SCOTUS based on his choice in any case
- It is incumbent on the Senate to fill any vacancy by election time so that a contested election (highly likely) that travels to the SCOTUS has the benefit of a full complement of jurist
- The appropriateness of making a nomination so close to an election will be judged by the electorate via the ballot box in the final analysis
- If the roles were reversed, a Democrat President with a Senate majority would make a nomination as demonstrated and evidenced by President Obama
- It was a Democrat, Harry Reid, who broke the filibuster precedent for Senate approval of a nominee for the SCOTUS
- Politically, Trump is obligated to do so in fulfillment of his campaign promises and record of promises made and promises kept.