Trump Says Election May 'End Up at Supreme Court'

Headline Roundup September 23rd, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday left a vacant seat on the Supreme Court, one that's likely to play a key role in the 2020 election. President Donald Trump alluded to his concerns about ballot fraud due to mail-in voting in a press conference Wednesday, saying he thought the Supreme Court may be called upon to settle disputes about the election results. “I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation," Trump said. "I think it’s very important to have that we have nine justices.” He said he is considering five women to nominate, and that he would likely announce his choice Saturday.

Coverage from left- and center-rated outlets tended to highlight the fact that experts and fact checkers often push back on Trump's voter fraud concerns. Some voices from the left framed Trump's nomination and voter fraud concerns as an effort to try to control the court and the outcome of the election, and highlighted some GOP members' attempts to block those trying to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2016. The story received less overall coverage from right-rated outlets, though it was covered by several including Fox News and MarketWatch.

Trump Says Election May 'End Up at Supreme Court'

From the Center
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President Trump wouldn’t commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election and predicted the outcome would be decided by the Supreme Court, a reason he wants to quickly fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court. And I think it’s very important that we have nine justices,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday.

During an event on social-media companies Wednesday, Mr. Trump amplified his long-running claim of widespread ballot fraud—which studies show is rare—and asserted...

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From the Right
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President Trump on Wednesday predicted the U.S. Supreme Court may decide the outcome of November's presidential election, highlighting the importance he's put on the Senate quickly confirming his eventual nominee.

In order to prevent a four-four split on a potential election-related issue, Trump suggested during a roundtable event that lawmakers should take swift action on his candidate, who is expected to be announced on Saturday.

“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court,” Trump told reporters. “And I think it's very important that we have nine justices.”

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ANALYSIS

Sen. Cory Gardner was blunt in 2016 about why he thought a Supreme Court seat should stay vacant despite then-President Barack Obama's demand to fill it.

"The next election is too soon, and the stakes too high," Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, said in March of that year.
Asked on Wednesday about his 2016 comments, amid President Donald Trump's effort to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat less than two months before an election, Gardner didn't answer when approached by CNN.
"If you didn't see my statement, I'll...

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