Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had some strong words for Democrats on Tuesday when he joined conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt in a discussion regarding filling supreme court vacancies.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would “absolutely” vote on a Supreme Court vacancy if one occurred before the 2020 election, regardless of whether Democrats “whine” about it.
“You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time, back to 1880s to find the last time a Senate of a different party from the president filled a Supreme Court vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election. That was entirely the precedent,” the Kentucky Republican said on The Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday about why he blocked hearings on Merrick Garland.
“There was nothing I did that was, would not have been done had the shoe been on the other foot,” he added. “So look, they can whine about this all day long. But under the Constitution, there is co-responsibility for appointments. The president makes the nomination, and the Senate confirms. We are partners in the personnel business up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court.”
In May, McConnell, 77, said the Senate would definitely fill a vacancy ahead of the 2020 election.
He also warned Democrats last week about any attempts of packing the Supreme Court in response to McConnell prioritizing the confirmation of judges over passing legislation.
So what are the Democrats trying to do?
Apparently, McConnell referenced a ridiculous letter that Democrats wrote to the Supreme Court that threatened to start a “court-packing campaign” in response to a pro-gun rights ruling, should it occur.
Sounds pretty underhanded, right?
From the Daily Caller:
Five Senate Democrats submitted the filing, called an amicus brief, in a Second Amendment case pending before the high court. The brief urged the justices to dismiss the case, lest the public conclude the Court should be “restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.”
Senate Republicans responded with their own letter, promising the size of the Court would remain fixed as nine for as long as the GOP controls the upper chamber.
You can see an excerpt from the Republican’s response letter below:
Democrats in Congress, and on the presidential campaign trail, have peddled plans to pack this court with more justices in order to further their radical legislative agenda.
It’s one thing for politicians to peddle these ideas in Tweets or on the stump.
But the Democrats’ amicus brief demonstrates that their court-packing plans are more than mere pandering.
They are a direct, immediate threat to the independence of the judiciary and the rights of all Americans.
And things will only continue to heat up as the world watches the Trump administration continue to fill up all of the the available court vacancies, of which there are currently 112.
McConnell seems confident that every single one will be filled by the end of the current term, and that any Supreme Court vacancy that materializes will also be filled, which is quite likely when you consider that 3 of the 9 current justices are in their 70’s or higher.
Author: M McIntosh
Source: I Love My Freedom: Mitch McConnell Gives A Chilling Promise To Dems Heading Into 2020