The president is hoping to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg earlier this month. In the event of a contested election the Supreme Court could play a decisive role in selecting the winner, as it did in 2000 with George W. Bush vs Al Gore.
Speaking to reporters about his new nominee Mr Trump said: “I think it’s better if you go before the election because I think this scam the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam, this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court.”
President Trump has repeatedly insisted, without providing evidence, that his Democratic rivals are working to rig November’s presidential election using mail-in-ballots.
Earlier this month he said the election would be “absolutely rigged” at “many polling stations”.
Mr Trump has repeatedly refused to say he will concede if defeated in November by Democratic rival Joe Biden.
A poll published in September found 75 percent of Mr Biden’s voters worry Mr Trump will refuse to concede if defeated.
However, vice-president Mike Pence has insisted the president will “absolutely” accept the election result if defeated.
Democrats are furious Mr Trump is seeking to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat before November’s election, pointing to Republicans refusal to approve Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s 2016 pick, ahead of that year’s presidential election.
In the event of a disputed election the Supreme Court could be decisive in selecting the winner.
Published at Wed, 23 Sep 2020 22:57:40 +0000