Democrats are saying that Senate Republicans have to hold off on letting Trump appoint a new Supreme Court justice until after the election this fall. They are using this argument because that’s what Republicans said about Obama’s attempt to appoint Merrick Garland before the 2016 presidential election.
But that argument doesn’t work, and here’s why. Republicans allowed the appointment of Justice Elana Kagan right before the 2010 midterm election.
There is a world of difference between a midterm election and a presidential election. Democrats know their approach is dishonest but they’ve got nothing else.
Here’s a report from CNBC:
Key Democrats urge McConnell to wait until after midterms to confirm a Supreme Court justice, citing his blockage of Merrick Garland
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement Wednesday set up another bitter battle in the Senate months before critical midterm elections.
Following Kennedy’s announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate “will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.” Senate Republicans plan to move quickly before November’s midterm elections.
Here’s the key passage:
When asked Wednesday if he thinks it is fair to push for a confirmation before the midterms after his blockage of Garland, McConnell said, “There’s no presidential election this year,” according to NBC News.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, also pointed to the fact that Obama appointed Justice Elena Kagan to the court during a midterm year in 2010. She was confirmed a few months before the elections.
Nice try, Democrats.