Stephanopoulos Weirdly Brings Up Race, Gender as Typical for Conservative Justice Pick

January 31st, 2017 10:27 AM

During Tuesday’s Good Morning America, anchor George Stephanopoulos spoke with ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl and Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran about Trump’s potential Supreme Court Justice pick. Karl’s report described both front-runners, Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman, as conservative picks that would get pushback from Democrats. Stephanopoulos agreed by oddly pointing out that Gorsuch and Hardiman were both “young white men” so they fit the typical choice from a Republican president.

Karl began his report noting Trump would announce his Supreme Court pick tonight, highlighting Trump’s pick for a pro-life justice that would appeal to Evangelicals. Stephanopoulos followed up with Terry Moran, pointing out that either Gorsuch or Hardiman would be appointed by most Republican Presidents because they were “well-credentialed white men.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: Terry, in some respects either one of these finalists could be picked by any Republican president, both relatively young white men, well-credentialed, solid conservatives.

Moran followed up by pointing out that Trump was ‘not really a conservative or a liberal” but a “nationalist” so either way he will face pushback from both political parties over his justice picks. Stephanopoulos added that conservatives didn’t want another David Souter on the Court.