Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says if Hillary Clinton ''gets to pick her judges- nothing you can do folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Wilmington, North Carolina where he discussed the important of America's second amendment on Tuesday (August 9). "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the second amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges- nothing you can do folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know," said Trump. In a move with little precedent in American history, the Republicans who control the Senate have simply refused to take any action on President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, 63, for a lifetime job on the nation's top court. Having been nominated on March 16 to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13, Garland, chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, has now matched Louis Brandeis for the longest time between nomination and Senate action. In 1916, the Senate voted to confirm Brandeis, making him America's first Jewish justice. The U.S. Constitution assigns the Senate the power to confirm the president's nominations to the Supreme Court. The Senate's inaction on Garland has made the court vacancy a key political prize in a presidential election year. Republicans, hopeful of winning back the White House from the Democrats in the Nov. 8 election, insist that Obama's successor name Scalia's replacement, who could have a lasting effect on the ideological balance of a court now split with four liberals and four conservatives.