(Richard Wolf, USA Today) – They are overwhelmingly white, male and middle-aged. Most hail not from the East or West but from the vast midsection of the country — predominantly red or battleground states. Only half went to the nation’s top law schools.
President-elect Donald Trump’s 21 potential nominees to the Supreme Court — the people he has said he will choose from, not just to replace Justice Antonin Scalia but for any other seats that fall vacant — are straight out of conservative central casting.
When he completed the list in September, Trump promised to “appoint justices who, like Justice Scalia, will protect our liberty with the highest regard for the Constitution.” He called them “the kind of scholars that we need to preserve the very core of our country and make it greater than ever before.”