The political left is losing its collective mind over the latest hypothetical promise from Mitch McConnell (R-KY): to thwart Obama-era precedent by allowing a Supreme Court nominee a hearing and a vote in 2020. The opposition is crying foul since McConnell blocked the lame duck vote for former Barack Obama’s 2016 nominee, Merrick Garland. McConnell defends the decision in that, unlike in 2016, he anticipates Republicans will control the Senate and the White House in 2020. We prefer the more succinct explanation in Barack Obama’s own words: we won.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Would Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) be breaking precedent if he allowed a Supreme Court nominee a hearing and a vote in 2020?
Democrats say yes, since McConnell denied President Barack Obama’s 2016 nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing. At the time McConnell said: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
Now McConnell is singing a different tune, but he says he isn’t ignoring precedent, because in 2020, Republicans will, most likely, have control of the Senate and the White House. Democrats only had the White House in 2016.
“The Senate in the hands of one party and the White House in the hands of another in a presidential election year,” McConnell said during a press conference. “That is what we had in 2016.”