FoxNews.com reports that
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said unequivocally Friday night that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
Ginsburg, 87, died Friday from complications surrounding metastatic pancreas cancer.
“The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life,” McConnell said in a statement Friday.
“In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise,” McConnell continued. “Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.”
McConnell added that “by contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary.”
“Once again, we will keep our promise,” he said. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
In May 2019, McConnell, R-Ky., made clear that should a vacancy materialize in the midst of the 2020 election cycle, the GOP-majority Senate would likely “fill it.”
McConnell’s comments last year were met with criticism from Democrats who accused him of hypocrisy, based on the treatment of former President Barack Obamas Supreme Court nominee and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals chief Judge Merrick Garland.
Obama nominated Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in 2016, but McConnell and Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing or vote on his nomination, citing the imminent 2016 presidential election.
Speaking to Fox News last year, McConnell suggested his stance was not hypocritical — because in 2020, Republicans would control both the White House and the Senate, unlike Democrats in 2016, who controlled only the White House.
“You have to go back to 1880s to find the last time a Senate controlled by a party different from the president filled a vacancy on the Supreme Court that was created in the middle of a presidential election year,” McConnell told Fox News.
But the nomination and confirmation process for the latest addition to the high court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, took 89 days total for confirmation. It took 57 days from Kavanaugh’s nomination to his confirmation hearing.
There are 45 days until Election Day.
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Friday night said Ginsburg’s vacancy should not be filled until “we have a new president.”
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice,” Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted Friday. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
Either way, it would still be Donald J. Trump choosing Justice Ginsburg’s successor.
Of course, the reason why it took 89 days to confirm Justice Kavanaugh was because of the partisan rancor and planned interference in Trump’s presidency by the Democrat Elite, including Chuck U. Schumer, himself.
Speaking of which, why is Schumer wanting to wait until after the 2020 Presidential Elections to replace Justice Ginsburg?
With President Trump doing such an excellent job at filling spaces in the Judiciary with Conservative judges, the Democrats cannot afford to lose a Judge’s seat on the highest court in the land.
And, as far as the reason for the Democrat Hierarchy’s desperation, the 800 pound gorilla sitting on the sofa is the fact that their Presidential Candidate STINKS ON ICE.
Even as ideologically strident as the Far Left Democrats are, their sphincters must have slammed shut when they saw actual internal polling which no doubt showed that Americans are less than enamored of the losers whom they are presenting as their choice for the next President and Vice-President of the United States of America.
This year’s Democratic Candidates’ lack of likability make the Queen of Mean, Hillary Clinton,look like Mary Poppins.
Having said all that, look for the Democrats and their lackeys in the Main Stream Media to concoct Fake News Stories about Trump’s candidate for the vacancy and rehashing old ones about the President in their attempt to keep Trump from being reelected and appointing another Conservative Justice to the Supreme Court.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will throw fuel on the fire that is the Far Left Democrats’ Trump Derangement Syndrome.
This is guaranteed to be an extremely ugly 45 days.
Instead of “all the news that’s fit to print”…today’s Main Stream Media’s motto is
“If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with B.S.”
Unfortunately for them, average Americans aren’t baffled at all.
Until He Comes,