Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump had promised months ago to announce a “short list” of his potential United States Supreme Court nominees. Especially in recent days, conservatives concerned about Trump’s bona fides as a “true conservative” have been pressing him to fulfill that commitment.
Today, Trump announced a list of eleven names. He said those names were of the type that he would nominate, not necessarily that he would actually select one of them were he elected and given the opportunity to nominate someone to the Court.
One of the eleven names was the Third Circuit’s own Judge Hardiman. Regardless of whether Trump wins election, or whether there is a Supreme Court seat for him to fill, Judge Hardiman presumably feels flattered to be on such a short list. (Either that or he feels like he is being used for Trump’s political purposes).