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Trump hoping for Supreme Court vacancy as way to boost a flagging campaign

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As the Supreme Court hands his administration successive defeats at the same time his political standing craters, President Donald Trump has begun to raise both publicly and privately the potential boon another nomination to the panel this year might provide.

(CNN)As the Supreme Court hands his administration successive defeats at the same time his political standing craters, President Donald Trump has begun to raise both publicly and privately the potential boon another nomination to the panel this year might provide.

"We have two justices of the Supreme Court -- Justice Gorsuch, Justice Kavanaugh, they're great," Trump told supporters at his rally in Tulsa earlier this month.

Trump has long touted his two Supreme Court nominations -- along with efforts to reshape the federal judiciary through lower court nominations -- as a landmark achievement of his first term.

Trump has cast the decisions as a personal rebuke -- "Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn't like me?" he asked his Twitter followers earlier this month -- and has pledged to provide another list of conservative jurists he would consider for the high court if elected to another term.

In conversations about the Supreme Court, Trump has said that nominating a female justice could help improve his standing among moderate white women, among whom support for Trump is eroding, according to people familiar with the matter.

Instead, Trump has privately suggested there is a political upside in the losses: bolstering his argument for another four years in office, when more Supreme Court retirements are all but inevitable.

"These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives," Trump tweeted shortly after a decision was handed down rejecting his attempt to end the DACA program.

Biden, meanwhile, has said that he would nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court but hasn't offered the same type of list Trump has promised.

As President, Trump has cultivated a relationship with Clarence Thomas, who turned 72 last week and is the court's most senior associate justice.

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