Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Hugh Hewitt on Monday that none of President Donald J. Trump’s three Supreme Court appointees “are at the same level” of Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
DeSantis said Thomas and Alito are “the gold standard” and any potential SCOTUS appointees from DeSantis will be along the lines of Thomas and Alito.
Gov. @RonDeSantis: "None of" Trump's 3 Supreme Court appointees "are at the same level of Justices Thomas and Justice Alito. I think they are the gold standard, and so my justices will be along the lines of a Sam Alito and a Clarence Thomas." pic.twitter.com/fxSPmp2LSt
— Never Back Down (@NvrBackDown24) June 12, 2023
Trump’s campaign responded, saying DeSantis “attacked” Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, while noting all three were “instrumental” in overturning Roe v. Wade.
DeSantis previously praised that trio as well, according to Trump’s campaign:
“I think that Donald Trump has done a better job appointing judges to both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Appeals Court than any other president in my lifetime, including one of my heroes Ronald Reagan,” Ron DeSantis said during a 2018 gubernatorial debate.
DeSantis on Justice Amy Coney Barrett: “@realDonaldTrump made an outstanding choice for the U.S. Supreme Court in Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has had an exemplary legal career & been a terrific judge. She will apply the law of the Constitution faithfully & serve as an inspiration to millions of our fellow citizens.”
DeSantis on Brett Kavanaugh: “Look, this guy is a top-flight intellect, he’s got an impeccable pedigree…I think the President made a good choice.”
DeSantis on Neil Gorsuch: “If you created a nominee from scratch with the goal of filling Scalia’s large shoes, such a nominee would look a lot like Neil Gorsuch.”