President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to have divided social conservatives.

On "Fox & Friends," Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explained that of Trump's final four potential nominees, the Washington, D.C., establishment most wanted Kavanaugh.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a social conservative and strong pro-life advocate, expressed a similar sentiment on CNN after Trump's announcement Monday night, arguing that Trump has not energized his base with the selection.


"He is from Washington. He is the establishment pick. He is the Bush pick," Santorum told host Chris Cuomo, adding he does not see the nomination as a "game changer."

"It just seems like Trump, in this case, just bowed to the elite in Washington, and I think that's going to rub a lot of people the wrong way."


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On "Outnumbered Overtime" on Tuesday, Jennifer Mascott, a former law clerk for Kavanaugh, explained what kind of justice he will be if he is confirmed to the high court.

"Judge Kavanaugh takes issues case by case and keeps an open mind in every decision, but he decides cases according to the text of statutes, the text of the Constitution in a fair-minded way," Mascott said.

She described him as a "mainstream conservative" with an extensive record, pointing out that he has written 300 opinions over 12 years.

Watch more from "Outnumbered Overtime" above.


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