Progressive group Demand Justice on Monday applauded Sen. Bernie Sanders for his willingness to release a shortlist of judges he would consider appointing to federal judicial seats should he win the presidency in 2020.
The Vermont senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination told the New York Times editorial board in an endorsement interview published Monday that he recognized the importance of being transparent with voters about the kind of judicial branch they could expect under his administration.
“It’s a reasonable idea,” Sanders said. “I’ll take that into consideration. Nothing wrong with that. As to who [my] potential nominees for the Supreme Court would be. Yep.”
“Releasing a Supreme Court shortlist would help voters understand how a candidate would deal with one of the most important issues facing the country and mobilize voters around a progressive vision for the courts.”
–Brian Fallon, Demand Justice
In 2016, editorial board member Jesse Wegman noted in the interview, then-candidate Donald Trump enticed conservatives by releasing a shortlist of extreme right-wing judges who he was planning to appoint to federal judiciary seats.
Sanders’s willingness to release his own shortlist “is a step in the right direction,” said Demand Justice, as Democrats try to offer voters an alternative vision for the country after three years of Trump’s presidency.
“Releasing a Supreme Court shortlist would help voters understand how a candidate would deal with one of the most important issues facing the country and mobilize voters around a progressive vision for the courts,” said Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice.
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