Sen. Susan Collins won't support SCOTUS nominee who'd overturn Roe v. Wade


But there's less here than meets the eye.

Oliver then broke down why the news is alarming for those who are concerned about women's rights and equality for the LGBTQ community, noting that Republicans have majority rule in the Senate. "Academically, in every way", Trump said.

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me", Collins said.

But speculation on Supreme Court nominees has often proved short-sighted, so the Center chose to post the disclosures that it has obtained so far, either by our own staff, or in a couple cases, by Fix the Court, an advocacy group arguing that the court needs to be "more open and honest".

It's not entirely clear how current conservatives on the Court would vote on the issue of overturning Roe v. Wade. But he wouldn't necessarily have to.

Kennedy's replacement would be the second justice handpicked by Trump. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear.

All eyes are on Sens.

But it's unlikely that any candidate would openly declare hostility to a past court ruling.

But in an interview broadcast on Sunday, Trump told Fox News that he "probably" will not ask his nominee how he or she would vote on Roe versus Wade, adding that he is putting "conservative people on" the court.

Collins, who is among senators being targeted by supporters of abortion rights ahead of the nomination, said in a separate Sunday appearance on ABC's "This Week" that a nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade would signal an "activist agenda" she doesn't want to see in a justice seated on the court. It's likely the next nominee will sidestep the matter in a similar way. And with the Senate's 51-49 split, the final vote could still be a nail biter. Collins voted to confirm all of them. John McCain, R-Ariz., is out as he battles brain cancer.

The court is split with five judges nominated by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, ruling on many cases along ideological lines.

Trump also spoke about recent comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calling for people to harass Trump officials in public and said that between those comments and the increasing number of Democrats calling to abolish ICE, he thinks Democrats will "never win another election".

"OMG! Just when you thought this week couldn't get any more lit.I give you Anthony Kennedy's retirement from #SCOTUS", Trump tweeted. The Maine senator said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the 45-year-old Roe decision, which has always been an anathema to conservatives.