Trump Lists Judge Calling Abortion a ‘Right,’ Prosecutor of ‘Ten Commandments’ Judge for SCOTUS

Sykes Pryor II-compressedNEW YORK — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has released his complete list of potential nominees for the United States Supreme Court should he win the presidency, which includes an appeals judge who has referred to abortion as a woman’s “right,” and a judge who once prosecuted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore while serving as attorney general.

“Today Donald J. Trump released the much-anticipated list of people he would consider as potential replacements for Justice Scalia at the United States Supreme Court,” his campaign said in a press release Wednesday afternoon. “This list was compiled, first and foremost, based on constitutional principles, with input from highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership.”

The list contained 11 potential nominees, including Steven Colloton, Allison Eid, Thomas Lee, William Pryor, Diane Sykes, and Don Willett.

As previously reported, Skyes wrote the majority opinion in a 2013 case that barred the state of Indiana from defunding Planned Parenthood. She was nominated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by then-President George W. Bush.

“The defunding law excludes Planned Parenthood from Medicaid for a reason unrelated to its fitness to provide medical services, violating its patients’ statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice,” Sykes wrote.

She then stressed the court’s belief in the “right” to abortion, and advised that the state must be careful to not indirectly limit access to abortion while simultaneously withholding taxpayer funds from known abortion providers.

“It is settled law that the government’s refusal to subsidize abortion does not impermissibly burden a woman’s right to obtain an abortion,” Sykes stated. “If a ban on public funding for abortion does not directly violate the abortion right, then Indiana’s ban on other forms of public subsidy for abortion providers cannot be an unconstitutional condition that indirectly violates the right.”

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Trump has stated in the past that his sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, would make a “phenomenal” Supreme Court justice. Barry has issued pro-abortion rulings, stating regarding a New Jersey law that “a woman’s constitutional right to obtain an abortion would be impermissibly chilled.”

“I think she’d be phenomenal,” Trump told Bloomberg in August. “I think she’d be one of the best. But frankly, we’d have to rule that out.”

Her name was not included on Wednesday’s list.

Pryor and Moore
Pryor and Moore

However, he did select Bill Pryor, the former attorney general of Alabama, who prosecuted Roy Moore in 2003 over his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court. Pryor’s comments to Moore during his trial focused more on Moore’s refusal to stop acknowledging God as chief justice.

“[Y]our understanding is that the federal court ordered that you could not acknowledge God; isn’t that right?” Pryor asked. “And if you resume your duties as chief justice after this proceeding, you will continue to acknowledge God as you have testified that you would today?”

“That’s right,” Moore replied.

“No matter what any other official says?” Pryor asked.

“Absolutely,” Moore stated. “Let me clarify that. Without an acknowledgment of God, I cannot do my duties. I must acknowledge God. It says so in the Constitution of Alabama. It says so in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It says so in everything I have read.”

“The only point I am trying to clarify, Mr. Chief Justice, is not why, but only that, in fact, if you do resume your duties as chief justice, you will continue to do that without regard to what any other official says; isn’t that right?” Pryor asked.

As Moore continued to stand his ground, he was ordered by Pryor to be “removed from his position of Supreme Court justice of Alabama.” Moore was re-elected to serve as chief justice in 2012.

As previously reported, Trump had mentioned both Sykes and Pryor in February as potential nominees following the sudden death of Antonin Scalia.

“We could have a Diane Sykes or a Bill Pryor,” he said. “We have some fantastic people.”

Some have noted that Trump’s selection of Willett is also interesting as Willett has repeatedly criticized and mocked Trump on Twitter.

“Can’t wait till Trump rips off his face Mission Impossible-style & reveals a laughing Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” he wrote in August of last year.

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  • The Skeptical Chymist

    Is the judge mentioned Wanda Skyes (as stated in the fourth paragraph) or Diane Sykes? Or is the author of this piece confusing Diane Sykes with Wanda Sykes, an African-American lesbian comedian? A reporter should get such details right.

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    Like I said b4, Trump is a Rino from liberal NY who is able to appeal to both liberals n conservatives. Compared to Hillary, he is the lesser evil, but still an evil who was mostly chosen by the liberals of the Blue States as their “lesser good”. To the liberals, Hillary is their 1st choice n Trump is the lesser good compared to Hillary.

  • TheBottomline4This

    Not good choices Trump. Hopefully he’ll rethink the list of options.

    It’ll kind of be interesting to watch Trump throw icky Bill’s mode of operation in Hillary’s face. If she seriously wanted the Presidency, she should have dropped him long ago. He brought himself down and he will bring her down. Trump isn’t clean himself, but he wasn’t President at the time or even in politics.

    • gizmo23

      I am not getting why Hillary is tainted by what Bill did. She was a victim and didn’t commit these acts. Also Bill asked for forgiveness on national TV and from the American people. As Christians we are supposed to forgive those that ask for forgiveness and I do believe he was sincere

      • TheBottomline4This

        Gizzy, Bill only did that for show. Yes Christians are to forgive, but when a person’s character doesn’t change, was the person really sorry, I don’t think so. He was sorry only because he was caught. He didn’t come forward on his own and share the info. A man who beats a woman says he’s sorry, but the next time he does it proves he wasn’t.
        As for Hillary being tainted by Bill…well, muslims who don’t agree with isis are tainted by isis; the Duggars are tainted by what Josh did; those who oppose abortion are tainted by those who shoot up abortion clinics; etc, etc.

        • gizmo23

          1. How can you possibly know what is in his heart or if he was sincere to God. We are not to judge that.
          2. Are you saying judging all by the actions of a few is acceptable ? If so Christians are in trouble. I could name bunches of Christians that have done awful things, as I’m sure you could. That doesn’t mean all Christians should be tainted

          • TheBottomline4This

            How can you possibly know he was sincere? You lean toward thinking he was sorry. I lean toward thinking he wasn’t really sorry since he continued the behavior and probably still does, but since he isn’t in a prominent position anymore it isn’t news. If you are a Democrat, then I can see why you would tend to think he was sincere. That’s another reason why I am not Dem or Repub. any longer. Being an Independent allows me not to be biased toward one side or the other, but to go by character, the issues, etc.

            It is true only God knows whether he was sorry or not. We are to judge, just not hypocritically. We are not to enable sin.

            No, I’m not saying judging all by the actions of a few is acceptable. I guess you missed the point. There are many who claim to be Christian, but aren’t. Matthew 7 talks about that.

          • gizmo23

            I have no idea if he was sincere just as you don’t know he was all show, but we are take him at his word as per the Bible. I haven’t seen any evidence he continued his ways after and it seems Hillary and him resolved things in their marriage. I would think that Christians would praise them for keeping their marriage together but it seems when faith and politics meet faith always takes a back seat. We all have biases no matter what are party and no one is, nor should they, toe the party line on everything, that would be totalitarian
            I am also an independent

        • SuperBean

          “I did not have sex with that woman” is not a genuine statement of apology” I care less about him getting a hummer and more about the endless LIES from our elected servants who have forgotten that they serve US and rarely face consequences for their behaviors/choices and almost NEVER from their (therefore) complicit colleagues.

      • Cesar Molina

        So you are for white washing everything else she has done? Where the justice for the 8 Americans that died in Benghazi?

        • gizmo23

          What does this have to do with Bill’s activities?

        • SFBruce

          Tragically, it was four Americans, not eight who died in Benghazi.

          • Cesar Molina

            Oh so I guess she gets a pass then. Excuse me. 4 dead is just a slap on the wrist. My bad.

          • SFBruce

            Where in the world do you get that? I simply think facts matter. Everyone makes the kind of mistake you made. Tomorrow it could well be me.

          • TheBottomline4This

            Those deaths are terrible and the way Hillary Clinton was about it helps to show more of her true character.
            Just as important are the deaths of millions and millions through the years of the sons and daughters who are killed by the Mother’s choice to end their life through Abortions.

          • gogo0

            how many died in the useless exercise in iraq?
            hillary should never be president, but banging the benghazi drum while ignoring bush’s global american death toll is disingenuous at best

        • SuperBean

          H Clinton belongs in prison as does Barack… both traitors… never, ever going to happen though… the nation without classes where all are equal has a ruling class….

  • Heddrick Steel

    ***violating its patients’ statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice***
    She is not talking about her beliefs about abortion. She is talking about what the law currently says.
    The same with Pryor and Moore. They were simply applying the law and not their personal opinions.
    I thought that’s what we wanted.

  • SuperBean

    I already regret posting this but here goes: I think abortion is murder. I think that if they have to happen there should be limits to the time period in which they can take place. I think that ultimately it is the woman’s body and choice to be a murderess or not. I think that male who does not step up and do the right thing has culpability too. I think that there are other concerns that this country needs to address and that unless we let go off our absolutism concerning abortion, we will never absorb enough middle of the roaders and undecideds to strengthen the Right to save our nation.

  • I wonder if the following might have something to do with the corruption that is rife in the judicial branch:

    “…The Bible stipulates, among other things, that judicial appointees must be men of truth who fear Yahweh and hate covetousness. (See Chapter 5 “Article 2: Executive Usurpation” for a list of additional Biblical qualifications.) The United States Constitution requires no Biblical qualifications whatsoever. Nowhere does the Constitution stipulate that judges must rule on behalf of Yahweh, rendering decisions based upon His commandments, statutes, and judgments as required in Exodus 18. That not even one constitutional framer contended for Yahweh,3 as did King Jehoshaphat, speaks volumes about the framers’ disregard for Him and His judicial system:

    ‘And he [King Jehoshaphat] set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city
    by city, and said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for YHWH,4 who is with you in the judgment…. And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of YHWH, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.’ (2 Chronicles 19:5-9)….”

    For more, see online Chapter 6 “Article 3: Judicial Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United
    States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my picture, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 6.

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

    • Grundune

      Confirming corrupt Jurists is a problem, but the U.S. Constitution is not the cause. Your agenda is to abolish the U.S. Constitution but corrupt Jurists were appointed post facto so go soak your head, Weiland.

      • Bob

        When you begin to think before you speak and read your own conclusions or even follow a discussion that you pretend to be in – then perhaps I hope, you will have a clue. How would you even know that confirming corrupt Jurists is a problem, what standards of measure do you use?

        • Grundune

          Given: There have been corrupt Jurists sitting on the Supreme Court.
          Therefore: Justice suffers.
          Conclusion: Confirming corrupt Jurists is a problem.

          If you can’t spot corruption, no one is going to be able to advance you intellectually.

          • Bob

            again failure to think
            maybe one day you can

          • Grundune

            Definitely unadvanceable there Bobbie.

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    Repentance is required for Yahweh to heal our land. I surmise this list was not researched by Trump himself, and has accepted the details told by those that did put it together.

  • katz

    wish Trump could walk us through his thoughts as he selects his list of judges. His choices seem inconsistent with his values.

  • sammy13

    A woman’s right to abortion and the unborn have no right to survival? Way to go Trump! Disgusting.

  • timetorun

    Since this nation has chosen an ideological preference for its leaders that sanction God and Jesus and his laws into an ever smaller and irrelevant box, i expect that God is going to give us over to this. we think Trump is the answer, yet we may find out that again, we will be disappointed by the fact that our leaders we will elect are actually mirrors of our corporate relationship with God, which is currently debauched. America must repent…until then, it will be most difficult to get men and women elected into the places of leadership who have Christian integrity and who will not bend or be compromised by the immense powers in government. Please join with me in this prayer: “God send whatever circumstances or judgments or calamity that is required to bring us in America to repent of turning away from you.”