Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is promising to rig the Supreme Court for the GOP once again, telling conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Monday morning that if Republicans win back control of the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections, he will indeed block any nomination President Joe Biden makes to the high court.
Hewitt praised McConnell for trashing the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court during the final years of the Obama administration:
“The court and the Constitution would be in quicksand up to its neck if you had not taken the position you took five years ago and we do not have the court that we do today, where we’re looking forward and not in fear at decisions this year and next.”
McConnell agreed and even gave himself a pat on the back:
“I do think the issue you raised is the single most consequential thing that I’ve done in my time as majority leader in the Senate.”
That led the host to inquire:
“Would the rule that you applied in 2016 to the Scalia vacancy apply in 2024 to any vacancy that occurred?”
The minority leader replied:
“Well, I think if in the middle of a presidential election, you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880s to the last time a vacancy was filled. I think it’s highly unlikely — in fact, no, I don’t think either party if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election.”
Ever the hypocrite, McConnell staunchly defended holding confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett in the final days. Barrett was the third Supreme Court appointment Trump made during his four years in office:
“We were of the same party as the president. That’s why we went ahead with it.”
If you needed a reason to make sure you vote in next year’s midterm elections, Mitch McConnell just gave it you: It’s all about the Supreme Court.
Here’s the video — The segment with McConnell begins at the 2:27 mark:
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