Chuck Schumer is desperate to obstruct Donald Trump from nominating a strong conservative to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Schumer is pulling out all the stops to achieve victory.
But Schumer just got shut down by the last person he ever expected.
Chuck Schumer marched to the Senate floor to condemn the Republicans plan to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice before the November election.
The Senate Minority leader charged hypocrisy because Mitch McConnell had blocked Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016 because Obama was a lame duck in an election.
McConnell reasoned that the American people should get to decide who chose the Justice to fill Scalia’s seat.
Schumer ranted on the Senate floor:
“Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016: not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year. Senator [Mitch] McConnell would tell anyone who listened that the Senate had the right to advise and consent. And that was every bit as important as the president’s right to nominate. Millions of people are just months away from determining the Senators who should vote to confirm or reject the president’s nominee. And their voices deserve to be heard now, as Leader McConnell thought they should deserved to be heard then. Anything but that would be the absolute height of hypocrisy. People from all across America should realize that their rights and opportunities are threatened. Americans should make their voices heard loudly, clearly and consistently. Americans should make it clear that they will not tolerate a nominee chosen from President Trump’s pre-ordained list, selected by powerful special interests, who will reverse the progress we’ve made over the decades.”
Schumer’s argument was bunk.
2016 was a Presidential election year.
2018 is a midterm election year.
There is no debate over who is making the Supreme Court nominations.
And of all people, the Washington Post’s left-wing “fact checker” Glen Kessler called Schumer out for peddling this nonsense.
But here’s the rub: the Republican position, whether you disagreed with it or not, clearly was based on the fact that it was a presidential election year…
… Bottom line: it’s pretty clear the debate in 2016 revolved around nominations made in a presidential election year. Democrats are simply spinning a false narrative.
Kessler cited Mitch McConnell’s comments from a March 2016 interview where the Majority Leader made it clear that since 2016 was a Presidential election year, no nomination should proceed:
“The American people are in the middle of choosing who the next president is going to be. And that next president ought to have this appointment, which will affect the Supreme Court, for probably a quarter of a century.”
Kessler did not cite that in 1994 and 2010, which were both midterm years, Democrat Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had Supreme Court nominees confirmed.
Schumer doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
His argument is so weak that even the so-called “fact checkers” are swatting down his claims.
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