The president says he will announce his replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that may shift the court’s ideological balance

A handful of red state Democratic senators were invited to watch the unveiling of Trump’s supreme court nominee in the White House East Room tonight.

Statement from Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly:

I appreciate the President inviting me to attend tonight’s announcement at the WH. I look forward to meeting the nominee in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience, judicial philosophy & perspective on access to healthcare for WVians with pre-existing conditions.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, could not contain his glee at the prospect of appointing a second conservative judge to the supreme court during his remarks on the Senate floor today.

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p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Mitch McConnell cracks an excitable grin on occasion, but he’s on another level right now with this Supreme Court vacancy. pic.twitter.com/HZQP2Vdyib

Justice Kennedy’s resignation letter had barely arrived in the president’s hands before several of our Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all – anyone – that the president might name.

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