Republicans Must Confirm Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee [Opinion]
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday and almost immediately, Democrats and weak Republicans told the media that the Senate should not confirm a replacement until after the election.
Are you kidding me? If the Democrats controlled the White House and Senate, does anyone really think they would sit back and wait until after the election? Of course not.
I know, I know, what about 2016? What about Garland? Aren't Republicans being hypocritical by standing in the way of Garland's appointment but will move forward with the nominee of Trump's picking? The short answer is no.
It was a Presidential election year and the Democrats controlled the White House while the Republicans controlled the Senate. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out, the precedent has been not to confirm in scenarios like 2016.
In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.
Even if you don't like or agree with McConnell and what he did in 2016, it doesn't matter. Democrats lost. Republicans won and yes, elections have consequences.
Republican Senators were sent to Washington for moments like this. To win. President Trump was elected for this very moment. To make sure the United States Supreme Court was protected. And now we have that chance. Republicans have a chance to protect this Republic and our Constitution.
There is no time to talk about what might be the nice thing to do. There is no time to look back at 2016 and get squishy about confirming a nominee. This is not the time to appease the left. This is the time to win.
More of my thoughts in the video above, taken from today's show.