At approximately 10am on Sep. 21, 2020, the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) and their chapter at Trinity University revealed a press release detailing their opinion about the replacement of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In the press release, YCT pushes for President Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with “an originalist.” An “originalist” is someone who believes that the United States Constitution should be read and interpreted as the Founding Fathers originally intended.
Manfred Wendt, the Executive Director of YCT, stated that the president needs to “nominate a strong conservative originalist justice… [and] The Senate should not paralyze the Supreme Court by playing politics when the Presidential election could come down to a Supreme Court decision.”
The Senate’s decision could interfere with current politics, especially the presidential election in November, especially because some are calling on Joe Biden, the current frontrunner, not to concede if it looks like he is losing. The Supreme Court was used to determine the winner of the 2000 presidential election between Bush and Al Gore, so it would not be surprising if the Supreme Court has to get involved in what is believed to be one of the most contested elections in the United States’ history.
Nathan Darsch, the Chapter Chair of YCT at Trinity University, stated that nominating justices to the Supreme Court is “President Trump’s constitutional right” and that the Senate must quickly “make a decision regarding the president’s nominee and not devolve into partisan politics, because their decision determines whether we have the possibility of a 4-4 Supreme Court decision if the election is contested.”
Both Wendt and Darsch called on Texas senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to support the nomination of a qualified nominee. Both also called for the president to nominate a conservative and originalist justice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
The press release ends with YCT pledging to support “the confirmation of a qualified, Constitution-upholding Supreme Court justice and will work tirelessly to ensure their confirmation.”
YCT plans to do this by holding events such as tablings and rallies, and by encouraging elected officials to support Trump nominating a conservative Supreme Court justice. However, they do stipulate that this will only be done for those nominees that will “not legislate from the bench, abide by the text of the Constitution, and support the Constitution’s undeniable right to life.”