Donald Trump and the Democrats are about to square off in one of the most consequential political battles in American history.
The outcome will determine the future of the Supreme Court and could also swing the 2020 Presidential Election.
And what Donald Trump heard about filling Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat had him grinning from ear to ear.
Democrats want to delay any vote on Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi wager if they can string the confirmation process into the lame-duck session and Joe Biden wins in November, they can pressure weak Republicans to scuttle the nomination on the grounds that the voters selected Biden.
That – of course – is nonsense.
Even in a lame-duck session, the Senate is still in the term voters elected them to and by the results of the 2014, 2016 and 2018 elections, the American people put the Republican Party in charge of Supreme Court nominations and confirmations.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed that President Trump’s nominee would get a confirmation vote before the election.
“President Trump’s nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell declared.
Majority Leader McConnell waved off any concern about the compressed timeframe, noting that previous Supreme Court justices saw their confirmation process wrapped in fewer days than this one would last.
“The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination. History and process make that perfectly clear,” McConnell added.
McConnell’s comments came after President Trump declared on a “Fox and Friends” interview that the confirmation vote for his nominee should take place before the election.
“I think the final vote should be taken, frankly, before the election,” President Trump declared.
President Trump explained that contrary to the Democrats and fake news media whining, elections have consequences and that there was plenty of time to conduct a full confirmation process before the election.
“We won the election, we have the right to do it, so we have plenty of time,” President Trump added. “We have a lot of time.”
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner was one of the Republican incumbents facing a tough race that had yet to state their position on when the confirmation vote should take place.
Trump predicted that a pre-election vote would boost Gardner’s re-election prospects.
“I think it’s going to help Cory, by the way, I really do,” Trump told “Fox and Friends”. “He’s a great guy, very, very loyal to the party and to his state.”
Letting the confirmation process drag into a lame-duck session only benefits Democrats as it allows the fake news media to ramp up their pressure campaign on weak Republicans.
The Constitution does not have a clause that removes the President’s ability to confirm Supreme Court justices and the Senate’s ability to confirm them just because it is an election year.
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