Tuberville on SCOTUS vacancy: ‘Doug Jones will vote the way that Chuck Schumer and the liberal Democrats instruct him’
Republican U.S. senatorial nominee Tommy Tuberville on Monday released a statement in support of President Donald Trump putting forward a nomination to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.
The seat was vacated by the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump has said he plans to nominate a woman to the lifetime appointment later this week. The president recently released an updated list of qualified candidates from which he will choose a nominee.
Tuberville stressed how important this nomination could be, given that it could swing the balance of the court to the right.
“The next Supreme Court justice could open the door to finally overturning Roe v. Wade, protecting our gun rights, and firmly securing the religious freedoms guaranteed to us by the First Amendment,” Tuberville stated. “They will determine if the court follows the Constitution as written or invents new law from the bench for generations to come.”
The former Auburn University head football coach apparently agrees with U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), who has voiced his support for an “expeditious” process to fill the vacancy.
“The Constitution requires President Trump to offer a nominee, and the Senate should begin the confirmation process as soon as possible,” Tuberville said.
“President Trump previously released a list of proven conservatives he would consider for the court, and I can guarantee that Doug Jones opposes every one of them, including the female candidates and the two Alabamians, Bill Pryor and Kevin Newsom,” he noted.
Tuberville will face U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in November’s general election. Jones has previously committed to opposing any SCOTUS nomination made by Trump in the last year of his term.
Jones voted against Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation in 2018 but had not yet been elected to office at the time of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation earlier in Trump’s term. In defending his vote against Kavanaugh, Jones asserted that representing the majority of his constituents is not “the be all to end all.”
Tuberville commented, “There is no doubt that Doug Jones will vote the way that Chuck Schumer and the liberal Democrats instruct him, just like he has always done.”
“Since becoming interim senator, Doug Jones has opposed everything that most Alabamians support and supported everything that most Alabamians oppose,” he continued. “The differences between my conservative views and the liberal beliefs held by Doug Jones were already clear, but this Supreme Court nomination brings them even more fully into focus.”
“The election for U.S. Senate may well be decided on this issue alone,” Tuberville concluded.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn