Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he will reveal his Supreme Court choice within the coming days, and that whomever he chooses will most likely be a woman.
Trump told supporters at a rally in Fayetteville that it can’t be “more clear” that he has the power and the obligation to fill the Supreme Court vacancy ahead of the election in November.
“That’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to fill that seat,” Trump confirmed. “It will be a woman — a very talented, very brilliant woman.”
This announcement significantly narrows the playing field, as Trump’s list of potential nominees released last week included several male senators that have clearly been ruled out.
According to Fox News, Trump has likely narrowed the contenders down to Judges Amy Coney Barrett in Chicago and Barbara Lagoa in Atlanta.
Barrett currently occupies a seat on the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is a strongly conservative, pro-life Roman Catholic who clerked for late Justice Antonin Scalia after she graduated from law school.
Lagoa’s judicial history includes a decade-long stint on Florida’s 3rd District Court of Appeals before briefly serving on the state’s Supreme Court. In 2019, Trump nominated her to the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Lagoa is a member of the Federalist Society, but her conservative credentials are not as well-established as Barrett’s.
Trump told supporters to expect an official decision within the next week.