Judge Nap Disappointed in 'Establishment' SCOTUS Nominee: 'Not the Type of Person Trump Said He'd Pick'
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is "disappointed" in President Donald Trump following the announcement of his Supreme Court pick.
Trump on Monday nominated District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the impending vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court.
On "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, Napolitano explained that of Trump's final four potential nominees -- appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge, Thomas Hardiman and Kavanaugh -- religious conservatives wanted Barrett, academic conservatives wanted Kethledge, Trump's sister Judge Maryanne Trump Barry wanted Hardiman and the Washington, D.C., establishment wanted Kavanaugh.
“I am disappointed in the president because this is not the type of person that he said he would pick," Napolitano said. "Justice Gorsuch was. This person is at the heart and soul of the D.C. establishment against whom the president railed.”
Napolitano acknowledged that Kavanaugh is pro-life, pro-gun and pro-law enforcement, but pointed out that he's also pro-ObamaCare and has long said he would broadly respect legal precedent, including Roe v. Wade.
He said some Republican lawmakers -- like Sens. Rand Paul and Tom Cotton -- are skeptical of Kavanaugh because he's a part of the establishment and a believer in big government.
"Do I think he'll be confirmed? Yes, I think he'll be confirmed," Napolitano said. "But I think you're going to see some incoming fire ... from the right on him."