We all remember back in 2016, with ten months to go before the presidential election, that Moscow Mitch McConnell, AKA Putin’s Bitch McConnell, vowed that there would be no hearing about Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, because as Birch said, the American people should decide by electing the president of their choice.
And now, with the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell has once again weighed in on the upcoming election and the nominee to the court but, quelle surprise, he has flip-flopped, and now says, with just weeks to go before the election, the Senate will hold hearings about _____’s nominee.
And thanks to the Twitter feed of Power and Light, we now have a list some GOP flip-floppers, who said these things in 2016:
Cory Gardner, Republican from Colorado:
“I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.”
John Cornyn, Republican from Texas:
“I believe the American people deserve to have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice, and the best way to ensure that happens is to have the Senate consider a nomination made by the next President."
Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas:
“It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.”
Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, said this in 2018, doubling down on his previous stance in 2016:
“If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait to the next election”
Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida:
“I don’t think we should be moving on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term... I would say that if it was a Republican president .”
Jim Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma:
“Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton (etc.) have all (said) that the Senate does not have to confirm presidential nominations in an election year. I will oppose this nomination as I firmly believe we must let the people decide the Supreme Court’s future.”
Chuck Grassley, Republican from Iowa:
“A lifetime appointment that could dramatically impact individual freedoms and change the direction of the court for at least a generation is too important to get bogged down in politics. The American people shouldn’t be denied a voice.”
Joni Ernst, Republican from Iowa:
“We will see what the people say this fall and our next president, regardless of party, will be making that nomination.”
Thom Tillis, Republican from North Carolina:
“The campaign is … underway. It is essential to the...health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.”
David Perdue, Republican from Georgia:
“The very balance of our nation’s highest court is in jeopardy. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I will do everything in my power to encourage the president and Senate leadership not to start this process until we hear from the American people.”
Tim Scott, Republican from South Carolina:
“The next President must nominate successor that upholds constitution, founding principles.”
Ron Johnson, Republican from Wisconsin:
“I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court by their votes for president and the majority party in the U.S. Senate.”
Pat Toomey, Republican from Pennsylvania:
“The next Court appointment should be made by the newly-elected president.”
Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina:
“In this election year, the American people will have an opportunity to have their say in the future direction of our country. For this reason, I believe the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia should not be filled until there is a new president.”
Roy Blunt, Republican from Missouri:
“The Senate should not confirm a new Supreme Court justice until we have a new president.”
John Hoeven, Republican from North Dakota:
“There is 80 years of precedent for not nominating and confirming a new justice of the Supreme Court in the final year of a president’s term so that people can have a say in this very important decision.”
Rob Portman, Republican from Ohio:
"It is common practice for the Senate to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term, and it’s been 80 years since any president was permitted to immediately fill a vacancy that arose in a presidential election year.”
Sixteen ReTHUGlicans who demanded we follow the law, the Constitution, and let the American people decide the next president to select a Justice, and yet now they all sing a different tune/ I have never seen such a blatant group of liars and hypocrites in my life, and if you think they won’t continue to act in their interests and not our interests if they are reelected to office, you aren’t paying attention.
These asshats have decided to skip that old GOP mantra of ‘Party over country,’ to a new one,’_____ over country.’
Resist. Write your elected representatives and demand they follow the precedent they set in 2016, and if they don’t, vote them all out.
CAST A GODDAMNED VOTE.
Do it for RBG. It’s what she would have wanted.