On Wednesday, Fox News host Andrew Napolitano met with President-elect Donald Trump; Napolitano later said he used the meeting to offer Trump advice about his choice to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.
During his presidential campaign, Trump released two lists of potential Supreme Court nominees drawn up with advice from the conservative Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society.
Napolitano appeared on neither list, but far-right blogs have been breathlessly speculating that Trump might pick the Fox News personality for the court anyway. Last March, Trump confidant Roger Stone called Napolitano “a superb choice” to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia and “probably Trump’s number one pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Even if Napolitano himself isn’t under consideration for a Supreme Court seat, it is noteworthy that Trump is seeking his counsel on the matter, as Napolitano has:
- Said, regarding the right to vote, that “the Supreme Court has wrongly said it’s a fundamental right.”
- Likened Roe v. Wade to slavery and the Holocaust.
- Told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that the September 11 attacks “couldn’t possibly have been done the way the government told us.”
- Argued that the Constitution “does not authorize the federal government” to own land.
- Claimed that euthanasia was included in the “contraceptive services” coverage mandated under the Affordable Care Act.
- Urged Republicans in Congress to impeach President Obama.
- Stated that “more guns equals less crime” and claimed that Obama was trying to ban guns.
- Criticized Abraham Lincoln for his role in the Civil War, lamenting that Lincoln launched a “murderous war” instead of simply buying the freedom of every enslaved person, and insisting that the South actually seceded over tariffs.
- Pushed the debunked conspiracy theory that Google suppressed “the bad stuff” about Hillary Clinton.
- Suggested that the Obama administration was bent on creating a one-world government with total control.