Trump expected to fulfill pledge to conservatives on Supreme Court

Speaking at a Palm Beach County GOP dinner at his Mar-a-Lago Club in March 2016, Donald Trump promised to list potential Supreme Court picks to assuage conservative doubts. (Daniel Owen/The Palm Beach Post)

Speaking at a Palm Beach County GOP dinner at his Mar-a-Lago Club in March 2016, Donald Trump promised to list potential Supreme Court picks to assuage conservative doubts. (Daniel Owen/The Palm Beach Post)

Whether it was his past support for universal health care, abortion rights and impeaching George W. Bush or his 2016 trade protectionism and NATO questioning, conservatives had their doubts about Donald Trump as he sought the presidency.

But part-time Palm Beach resident Trump was able to prevent defections from the GOP base by promising to nominate conservatives to the Supreme Court and even pledging in a Palm Beach speech to release a list of potential nominees for scrutiny.

 

When leading Never Trump figure Rick Wilson tried to persuade conservatives to leave Trump in favor of independent Evan McMullin, Trump’s Supreme Court pledge proved to be an obstacle.

 

“The Supreme Court was a value-added for Donald Trump that turned skeptical Republicans into at least tolerant Republicans of Trump. It was something we saw turn up in focus groups over and over and over again,” said Wilson.

 

Now Trump appears ready to honor his pledge to conservatives when he names a Supreme Court appointee this week.

 

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