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Conservative groups are already praising Trump's unnamed replacement for Kennedy as 'another great justice'

Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, conservative groups were ready to go to bat for his still-unnamed replacement.

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative activist group, released an ad lauding President Trump and the bang-up job he did nominating Justice Neil Gorsuch last year. Trump has shown he "wants the best of the best on the Supreme Court," the ad argues, so the new vacancy is an exciting opportunity to get "another star" confirmed.

The group is also apparently ready to step into the ring for an all-out brawl with Democrats over the nomination. "Like they did before, extremists will lie and attack the nominee," the ad claimed, flashing photos of high-profile Democratic senators. "Don't be fooled," it warns, Trump is sure to choose "#AnotherGreatJustice" — the pick just might be in for #AnotherBigShowdown. Watch the full ad below. Summer Meza