Joe Biden got some bad news about a Supreme Court vacancy

The Supreme Court is the one institution in Washington that Democrats do not control.

Democrats hope to change that fact.

But Joe Biden just got some bad news about a Supreme Court vacancy.

When Justice Antonin Scalia tragically passed away in 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Barack Obama’s nominee for the seat, Merrick Garland, from receiving a vote.

That gamble paid off when Donald Trump won the 2016 election and finished his first term filling three Supreme Court vacancies.

In an interview with center-right radio host Hugh Hewitt, McConnell stated that if the GOP wins back the Senate majority in the 2022 elections, Republicans would keep a Supreme Court seat vacant again in 2024 to give the public a chance to vote in the Presidential election first.

McConnell cited historical precedent as to why he would block a vote on a potential Joe Biden Supreme Court nominee.

“I think in the middle of a presidential election, if you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy was filled,” McConnell told Hewitt. “So I think it’s highly unlikely. In fact, no, I don’t think either party if it controlled — if it were different from the president — would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election.”

Hewitt asked McConnell about a 2023 Supreme Court vacancy and McConnell would not commit to holding a vote on Biden’s nominee.

“We’d have to wait and see what happens,” McConnell responded.

McConnell’s answers will ramp up liberal pressure on 82 year-old left-wing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire before the 2022 midterm elections so Chuck Schumer can control the confirmation process.

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