Donald Trump’s Supreme Court short-list has stayed consistent ever since he promised to choose from the 21 candidates he named back in November.
But household name and primetime news star, Judge Andrew Napolitano, may have just jumped to the top.
And what Napolitano has to say about the rumors of his nomination may shock you.
Earlier this week, for the second time since Election Day 2016, Judge Napolitano was spotted at the Trump Tower.
The first time Napolitano visited Donald Trump’s residence was in mid-December.
Fox Business reported that the purpose of their initial meeting was for Judge Napolitano to advise the President-elect on which qualities are most desirable in a potential nominee for the United States Supreme Court.
And this second meeting may have been of a similar nature.
But the appearance of Napolitano at Trump’s residence has led to intense speculation that he will be considered by President-elect Trump to fill Justice Scalia’s vacancy on the Supreme Court in the weeks following Trump’s swearing in.
This is the first time rumors about Trump choosing Napolitano have gained traction since back in March, when Donald Trump ally Roger Stone suggested Napolitano may be Trump’s most likely choice.
Since the election however, the idea of Napolitano being nominated was dropped when he didn’t make Trump’s list of 21 potential choices.
If the new rumors hold any weight, conservatives and libertarians might have something to celebrate.
For several weeks, the most reliable rumors regarding Trump’s pick has surrounded not only the 21 names released back in November, but has focused on one name in particular: William Pryor.
Pryor currently sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and is a former Alabama Attorney General.
He is 54 years old and graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1987.
Liberals like to quote Pryor as having called the infamous 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, Roe v. Wade, the “worst abomination in the history of constitutional law.”
However, national non-profit organizations like Public Advocate, who champion Traditional Family Values, criticize Pryor for his betrayal of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in 2016.
After Moore refused to enforce the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage, Pryor supported Moore’s removal from office and prosecuted him.
Actions like this call into question Pryor’s credibility as a genuine conservative.
But regardless of one’s opinion on Pryor, the chance Donald Trump may also be considering Andrew Napolitano for Scalia’s replacement is sure to turn heads and ramp up excitement among conservatives, especially anti-establishment or libertarian-minded conservatives.
Napolitano is a former New Jersey Superior Court judge and currently serves as a Fox News senior judicial analyst.
Judge Napolitano produced a video for his show, Judge Napolitano’s Chambers, two days after the election defining America’s “forgotten man” and credited the “forgotten men” for Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
An excerpt from Napolitano’s ‘How the Forgotten Man Decided the 2016 Election’:
“The forgotten man is the one that the government forgot about. The one that the elites think they can ignore. The one Hillary Clinton tried to pretend wasn’t there. The forgotten man is the guy whose job has been taken away because of too many government regulations that put his employer out of business…
“[Donald Trump] discovered the forgotten man…
“The forgotten man understood that Hillary Clinton ignored him and Donald Trump welcomed him. And because of the forgotten man, Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.”
When Fox News asked Judge Napolitano earlier this week whether he was allowed to talk about what he and the President-elect discussed during their meeting, Napolitano said:
“Yes. The President-elect is focusing on his choices — or his choice — for the Supreme Court of the United States, and we discussed judicial attitudes, judicial temperament, ideology, and candidates for the court.”
If Trump does stray from his original list of 21 judges, a selection like Judge Napolitano would be unlikely to ruffle any true conservative constituent’s feathers.
While the prospect of a true conservative judge like Napolitano rising to be nominated by Trump as Scalia’s successor will certainly cause excitement among both parties, only time will tell as we approach the weeks and months following the Inauguration this Friday.