Republicans made a hard case denying President Barack Obama appointing his nominee, Merrick Garland, to the Supreme Court in 2016. There were nine months left before the election. Now, there’s less than two. So, what did they say back in 2016?
“It is important for the Senate to give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy by waiting until the next president takes office.” Mitch McConnell, a Republican. And, we don’t know if Donald Trump will be president next year, so why the rush?
“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, ‘Let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.'” Lindsey Graham, a Republican.
“I would not have a hearing on it because that’s what I promised the people in 2016.” Chuck Grassley, a Republican.
“I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would say that if it was a Republican president.” Marco Rubio, a Republican.
“I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.” Cory Gardner, a Republican.
“We will see what the people say this fall and our next president, regardless of party, will be making that nomination.” Joni Ernst, a Republican.
“The campaign is already under way. It is essential to the institution of the Senate and to the very health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.” Thom Tillis, a Republican.
“I believe the American people deserve to have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice, and the best way to ensure that happens is to have the Senate consider a nomination made by the next President.” John Cornyn, a Republican.
“It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.” Ted Cruz, a Republican. Also, he was lying. There had been six election-year vacancies filled in that time period.
“Since the next presidential election is already underway, the next president should make this lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.” John Thune, a Republican.
“I will do everything in my power to encourage the President and Senate leadership not to start this process until we hear from the American people.” David Perdue, a Republican.
“Instead of a lame duck president and Senate nominating and confirming, a new president and Senate — elected by the people only a few months from now — should make that important decision. I can’t think of a fairer or more democratic process.” Ron Johnson, a Republican.
With that last quote, we don’t know if Donald Trump is a lame duck…or will be after November 3rd. We don’t know if the Senate Republicans will all be lame ducks. So, why allow an impeached president who the American people just rejected, give someone a lifetime appointment confirmed by a rejected Senate?
“I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in on who should make a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations.” Rob Portman, a Republican.
“It’s called delay, delay, delay.” Donald Trump, a Republican.
Here’s the thing, kids: The reason there’s a rush to nominate and confirm now is because Donald Trump probably won’t be reelected. So all that shit they said about the American people having a voice was just that. Bullshit.
You can’t trust Republicans.
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