Graham: Trump's Supreme Court Pick Could Be George Washington, and Democrats Still Wouldn't Support It

Senator Lindsey Graham said President Donald Trump would not receive Democrat support for his Supreme Court pick, even if he nominated George Washington.

The South Carolina Republican’s comments come as the president said he would announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday.

“Donald Trump could nominate George Washington, John Marshall and they couldn’t get through,” Graham said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. “Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically.”

2018-07-05T234925Z_676340156_RC14F8E3F0B0_RTRMADP_3_USA-TRUMP President Donald Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick Monday evening. Reuters

“I’ve never seen it this dysfunctional. This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats, to oppose a highly qualified nominee and all four of these people are highly qualified,” he added.

Trump is set to announce his pick at 9 p.m. on Monday during a live television broadcast from the White House.

Speaking of the president’s shortlist, which The Hill reported includes Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, Graham suggested that any conservative Republican would be happy with the options—touting Hardiman in particular as a good choice.

“Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners,” Graham said. “If you’re a conservative Republican, the four people named—particularly Thomas Hardiman, I’m glad he’s on the list—are all winners and every Republican should embrace these picks.”

The president has also spoken with confidence about how his Supreme Court pick will work out.

“I’ve spent the last three days interviewing and thinking about Supreme Court justices. Such an important decision, and we’re going to give you a great one,” Trump said last week, The Hill reported.

“These are very talented people, brilliant people, and I think you’re going to really love it. Like Justice Gorsuch. We hit a home run there, and we’re going to hit a home run here,” he said.

Later in the week, the president also suggested that of the four reported shortlisted candidates, he had preferences, telling reporters: “I think I have it down to four people. And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two,” The Guardian reported.