Kavanaugh Is The 4th Justice Nominated By A President Who Lost The Popular Vote
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Saturday marked the fourth time a president who lost the popular vote successfully appointed a justice to highest court of the land — and both of those presidents were Republican.
> Kavanaugh would join Justice Neil Gorsuch, who President Donald Trump nominated last year, as well as President George W. Bush’s picks of Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito during his administration.
> Trump famously lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly three million ballots in 2016, or 46.1 percent to 48.2 percent.
> Bush first lost the popular vote to Al Gore in 2000 by just over 500,000 votes, but defeated John Kerry in 2004 by more than three million.
> Bush did not have opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court justice in his first term, but was able to select now Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito in 2005, the first year of his second term.