Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was on with Hugh Hewitt this morning and suggested that if he becomes majority leader next year, he probably won’t allow Biden to put someone on the Supreme Court in 2024 should a vacancy open up:
HUGH HEWITT: Let me ask you, if you regain the majority in 2022 for the Republicans, and there’s a very good chance of that happening, and I’ll come back to the individual races in a second, would the rule that you applied in 2016 to the Scalia vacancy apply in 2024 to any vacancy that occurred then?
MITCH MCCONNELL: Well, 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. 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. What was different in 2020 was we were of the same party as the president. And that’s why we went ahead with it.
The Democrats are putting a big pressure campaign on Justice Stephen Breyer to go ahead and retire from high court because he’s 82. According to Nathan Wurtzel, Mitch is trolling these Dems…
Mitch is messing with the retire Breyer nut jobs to further radicalize the Dems. This is smart. Of course I also believe him here. https://t.co/oFWBJznisy
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) June 14, 2021
Yeah I believe him too, especially after he stood strong in 2016 and rejected the horrible nomination of our new radical left AG Merrick Garland.
When asked about 2023, McConnell said…
HH: Now let me ask you about the key thing, Leader, about the 2023 term. Again, if you were back as the Senate Republican Leader, and I hope you are, and a Democrat retires at the end of 2023, and there are 18 months, that would be the Anthony Kennedy precedent. Would they get a fair shot at a hearing, not a radical, but a normal mainstream liberal?
MM: Well, we’d have to wait and see what happens. You mentioned Justice Breyer. I do want to give him a shout-out, though, because he joined what Justice Ginsburg said in 2019 that nine is the right number for the Supreme Court. And I admire him for that. I think even the liberal justices on the Supreme Court have made it clear that court packing is a terrible idea.
I’d hope he’d block a nominee in 2023 too. But if he doesn’t and the Senate is just replacing a liberal justice with another liberal, I could live with that.
The left, of course, is flipping out over all of this:
McConnell, on keeping the Scalia seat vacant through 2016 until Gorsuch was confirmed in 2017, tells Hugh Hewitt it's "the single most consequential thing I've done in my time as majority leader of the Senate."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 14, 2021
Mitch McConnell blocked Merrick Garland 8 months before election but confirmed Amy Coney Barrett 8 days before election when 65 million had already voted
And now he's saying he'd do it again
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 14, 2021
This is the fight we are in. McConnell and his malevolent conspirators have no interest in "norms and traditions." They aren't going to be "bipartisan". They're going to take power and shut down this government for their own evil goals. They are doing it now. Wake up and fight. https://t.co/XD4LpOwCUA
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) June 14, 2021
— Tara Dublin Is Vaccinated AF (@taradublinrocks) June 14, 2021
Mitch McConnell has stolen two Supreme Court seats and is now openly admitting he wouldn’t fill vacancies if Republicans took back the Senate.
We cannot wait for a party in open defiance of democracy to join us in fixing it.
We need to pass the For the People Act now. https://t.co/oGM2GwVy3T
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 14, 2021
Fresh calls for Justice Breyer to retire after McConnell says he won't let Biden fill SCOTUS seat if he wins majority https://t.co/gVCsn1Rbkp
— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 14, 2021