Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is infamous for citing his reasoning for refusing to nominate former President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016: he said the American people should be able to choose in an election year.
Because of this, Republicans wouldn’t even hold a nomination hearing, even though the election wasn’t for more than 200 days.
In 2016, Senate Republicans said that the American people deserve an opportunity to speak on Supreme Court nominees.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 27, 2018
Now – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – on the same day Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement – said on the floor of the Senate that he and his fellow Republicans would move swiftly to approve President Trump’s choice for the nation’s highest court.
No matter what he said in the past.
He expects them to confirm a successor sometime in the fall, just before mid-term elections.
My full remarks: pic.twitter.com/PUiahqy0Ej
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) June 27, 2018
In the past McConnell received enormous criticism for choosing to not appoint Obama’s nominee, but he stuck to his guns. One of the phrases he used to justify his reasoning was just used verbatim by Senator Tammy Duckworth shortly after McConnell announced he would forgo that logic now that there was a Republican president in the White House.
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.”
Mrs. Duckworth followed up her comments by explaining just how important this was for Democrats to get right.
Anti-abortion groups are already salivating at the prospect of swinging the court to the right, now that Kennedy will no longer be considered a swing vote.
So far, Trump has yet to announce Kennedy’s replacement but he’s said that it will be from a previously released list of candidates that his former pick Neil Gorsach was selected from.
Here are the candidates included on that list:
- Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
- Keith Blackwell of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
- Charles Canady of Florida, Supreme Court of Florida
- Steven Colloton of Iowa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
- Allison Eid of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
- Britt Grant of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
- Raymond Gruender of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
- Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
- Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
- Joan Larsen of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
- Mike Lee of Utah, United States Senator
- Thomas Lee of Utah, Supreme Court of Utah
- Edward Mansfield of Iowa, Supreme Court of Iowa
- Federico Moreno of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- Kevin Newsom of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
- William Pryor of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
- Margaret Ryan of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- David Stras of Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
- Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
- Amul Thapar of Kentucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
- Timothy Tymkovich of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
- Robert Young of Michigan, Supreme Court of Michigan (Ret.)
- Don Willett of Texas, Supreme Court of Texas
- Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma, Supreme Court of Oklahoma