Tomorrow, President Donald Trump is going to announce his nomination to fill the US Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia nearly a year ago – which makes Associate Justice Samuel Alito’s February 11 speech at The Claremont Institute’s annual Churchill Dinner that much more timely and compelling.
The US Supreme Court is deadlocked 4-4 on a number of hugely consequential issues, and filling Scalia’s seat with a like-minded constitutionalist will be a confirmation battle royale. Alito is one of the court’s leading constitutional conservatives. It’s uncertain what, if antyhing, he will have to say about the nomination fight during his Churchill Dinner speech, but it will be a momentous moment to hear what he has to say.
Many Americans may be most familiar with Justice Alito from President Barack Obama’s 2010 State of the Union, when the justice mouthed “not true” on national television in response Obama’s hyperbolic criticism of the Citizens United decision.
The dinner is February 11 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Tickets are $350 each and the event is selling out fast. For more information or to reserve a seat, click here.
The dinner will be emceed by Dennis Prager, the nationally syndicated columnist and author of several books, including the New York Times best-seller Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. He is also the founder of Prager University, an influential online outlet that produces short viral videos explaining big ideas ranging from the principles of the American Founding to free market economics.
The Claremont Institute is one of the most influential intellectual centers of the American conservative movement. It’s mission is “to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful and preeminent authority in national life.”