Democrats are alive after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky said that if they had a chance, they would reiterate a new Supreme Court in 2020 despite refusing when Barack Obama was presidential in the last presidential election.
Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says that if a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court during next year’s election cycle the chamber would likely confirm a GOP nominee selected by President Donald Trump.
In an appearance in Paducah Tuesday, McConnell told a questioner asking what would happen if a Supreme Court Justice died next year, creating a vacancy, “Oh, we’d fill it.”
Democratic presidential candidates quickly took the opportunity to accuse McConnell of hypocrisy.
“We’ve known all along how hypocritical the @senatemajldr is,” said Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro. “But his shamlessness at stealing a Supreme Court seat is appalling.”
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee also chimed in, claiming McConnell’s remark was evidence that he “is not a man on the verge of an epiphany to work with Democrats.”
Other high-profile Democrats took shots at McConnell as well. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called him a “hypocrite” in a Twitter thread, and said, “Anyone who believes he’d ever allow confirmation of a Dem President’s nominee for SCOTUS is fooling themselves.”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said McConnell had admitted that the GOP “stole a Supreme Court seat from President Obama” when they reffused to hold a hearing for Garland.
McConnell spokesman David Popp said that the Kentucky Republican is being consistent since he took care in 2016 to say that vacancies occurring when the White House and Senate are held by different parties should be held up. The current situation involves the Senate and the White House being held by Republicans.
There is no announced vacancy and no justice has made moves indicating they’re about to go, but there’s internet chatter that GOP Justice Clarence Thomas, the current court’s longest serving justice, would consider retirement if his seat could be filled by a Trump-named younger conservative.
This article was edited by TheBL.