Brett Kavanaugh heard four words that will change his life forever
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation fight was the nastiest in American history.
Democrats did everything in their power to stop him.
But Brett Kavanaugh just heard the four words that will change his life forever.
In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat.
McConnell said at the time that because the President and the Senate came from different parties the American people should decide that matter in the 2016 election.
Donald Trump won and Scalia’s seat was filled by Neil Gorsuch preserving the court’s 5-4 conservative majority.
Democrats seethed and accused Republicans of “stealing” a Supreme Court seat.
A local TV interviewer recently asked McConnell if he would confirm a Trump Supreme Court nominee if a seat opened up during the 2020 election.
McConnell answered that he would.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday if a Supreme Court vacancy occurs during next year’s presidential election, he would work to confirm a nominee appointed by President Donald Trump.
That’s a move that is in sharp contrast to his decision to block President Barack Obama’s nominee to the high court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.
At the time, he cited the right of the voters in the presidential election to decide whether a Democrat or a Republican would fill that opening, a move that infuriated Democrats.
Speaking at a Paducah Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Kentucky, McConnell was asked by an attendee, “Should a Supreme Court justice die next year, what will your position be on filling that spot?”
The leader took a long sip of what appeared to be iced tea before announcing with a smile, “Oh, we’d fill it,” triggering loud laughter from the audience.
Despite the fake news lies, this is no reversal.
The dynamic in 2020 is completely different than in 2016.
Republicans control both the White House and the Senate so there is no political conflict for the votes to decide.