In March, Heritage legal scholar John Malcolm identified eight highly qualified candidates for the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. These candidates all demonstrate a principled understanding of the Constitution and the role of the judiciary.

On Wednesday, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump identified his list of candidates for the high court–and five of them were drawn from Heritage’s list.

The five judges on both lists were federal Judges William Pryor, Diane Sykes, Steven Colloton, Raymond Gruender, and Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.

Heritage has also recently briefed the Trump campaign on Heritage’s conservative solutions to poverty and national security. We will share our conservative policy solutions–including our comprehensive Solutions 2016 guide–with any candidate who asks.

Comments (16)

Hubert Urban - May 24, 2016

I’m sure if you veted them anyone of them would be Excellent Judges for the the USA.

Douglas chambers - May 24, 2016

I think Trump is going after conservative people which makes me consider Trump as one conservative person himself

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - May 24, 2016

I have supported Donald Trump’s candidacy from the beginning, because he’s a successful businessman … and that’s what our government needs going forward. I’m thankful that he is meeting with Heritage members for insight on many issues that conservatives consider vitally important to the future of our nation.

Marilyn S Mackey - May 24, 2016

I’m encouraged that the suggested candidates would be considered by Mr. Trump. However, I remain leery of his
sincerity. I hope Heritage members will continue to press him on all the important

Wendy Rosa - May 24, 2016

I was very happy to hear that Donald Trump put out this list and that it was so praised also by the ACLJ. So proud of Heritage! I heard, I admit I did not see for myself, that Trump then said in an interview that he may add or delete from that list…Can we trust Donald Trump I realize the answer to that may very well lie ahead. But even so, with this list it sets a standard that will the replacement will be measured by is this so

Sharon Young - May 24, 2016

Early Trump supporter this news is great. I thought anyone who can support own campaign is for me . Owes no one I like that very much also stands up to Elites liked that even more. Sharon

Anne McDade Barrett - May 24, 2016

This country is very lucky to have The Heritage Foundation in D.C. to give support to those government agencies that want and need it. It makes me a whole lot more comfortable with the absolute mess we have in Washington.

Dale Terrrebonne - May 24, 2016

I am so pleased with Mr. Trump’s list for possible Supreme Court nominees. I have been hoping that the wonderful people there at Heritage would get Mr. Trump’s ear and influence him with their conservative principles and policy solutions. I believe he is an intelligent man who listens to good advice and counsel. Please keep up the good work.

Cheryl - May 25, 2016

Trump is a liar!

Nancy Luckhurst - May 25, 2016

There is only one problem. You have no guarantee he will nominate any of the Heritage 5. I don’t trust him. Never have and never will. #NeverTrump

Paul C. Reviere - May 25, 2016

I appreciate the work of the Heritage Foundation! Constitutionalist voices have a corridor through which their voices may be heard.
As you continue to “advise” the presumptive nominee, it represents that the ultimate goal is to focus on our similarities rather than our differences, thereby progressing toward a resolution to strife and discord, and the production of harmony and hope for all Americans.

Jo Early - May 25, 2016

It pleases me greatly that Donald Trump has contacted the Heritage Foundation for Supreme Court Judge suggestions. I hope he will take advantage of the wealth of information and solutions that The Heritage Foundation can provide to him.

Scott Brooks - May 25, 2016

The Heritage pick must be good, I don’t know about the other 2 candidates.

Julie Barnett - May 26, 2016

Who were the other considerations on his list? How do they compare to Heritage’s qualifications? Is his list simply bait for votes? How do we trust him to follow through should he be elected in November?

Beverly Isbell - May 28, 2016

I think he has selected a group of people
who would be trusted to give the constitution supremacy in rulings.

Marjorie Taft - July 8, 2018

I am a relative to the first woman to vote in the US, Lydia Chapin Taft, I also have brave suffragettes (Mayflower Pilgrims, etc), as part of my Heritage. The ideals of hard work, honesty, respect for others, Human Rights, Separation of church and state and equal rights for women run deep.
I see NO respect for these ideals within the Trump Administration. Those who do not respect the rights of women to make their own decisions on what is best for their health, their families and their futures are not looking forward and are becoming stuck in a dark period of history.

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