The Trump Blog
Picking a Supreme Judge
By Donald J. Trump
Chairman, Trump University
Posted 10/5/2005 11:45:00AM
The President has nominated his longtime assistant, Harriet Miers, to the Supreme Court. He did not ask for my input on this one, nor did I offer it. But as someone who has done a lot of appointing to very important positions within the Trump Organization, I can see why he made the choice he did.
Anyone who has watched my hit TV show, The Apprentice, knows how much I rely on my own assistant, Carolyn Kepcher. She’s as loyal as a Labrador Retriever. In the cut-throat world of high-finance and billion-dollar deals, that kind of loyalty counts for a lot. I feel the same way about Carolyn as the President does about Harriet. I'm comfortable with her and would trust her with any task I assigned her. If you think of the President of the United States as the CEO of an even more global empire than my own—which isn’t to say mine isn’t big, I’m just using an analogy here—then the Supreme Court is like a board of directors. And Harriet Miers is exactly the reliable, trustworthy sort of person any world-class executive would want on his board. She’ll do exactly what you want her to do.
Harriet doesn't have to be a rocket scientist. Carolyn is no rocket scientist. As a successful corporate leader, I’m not looking for brains here. I don’t need this person to think for me. What I rely upon Carolyn for is her gut reactions to people and situations. She’s a nice, normal person. She’s been out in the real world dealing with real people—something I don’t get much time to do anymore. She’s basically the person I go to to second my own opinion. If some people are worried about whether Harriet has the goods upstairs, then the President should create a “junior” position on the court. Apprentice her to someone like Scalia or Roberts (talk about starting at the top!) for a while. Let her learn the ropes. Don’t allow her to weigh in on any of the big decisions right away—she can work up to them after wrestling with a few of the smaller constitutional issues.
As for the conservatives who object to Harriet Miers: I’m warning you guys. You’re acting like one of the losing teams in my boardroom. I’ve seen this before. Harriet is the quiet, nothing candidate everyone else ignores until the last two or three rounds of the season. Then suddenly everyone looks at her with surprise and asks themselves, “How did she end up here?”
It’s about loyalty, people. And knowing your boss.
NOTE TO READERS: In light of so many of your comments below, I feel compelled to point out that this is a PARODY, and not the musings of the real Donald... DC