“In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd,” Senator Collins said in a statement.
Republicans, who blocked an Obama appointment in 2016, attempt to deflect expenses of hypocrisy.
Senate Republicans defended their plans to seat a nominee chosen by President Trump in a presidential election yr, regardless of beforehand blocking the consideration of a Supreme Courtroom nominee put ahead by President Barack Obama in 2016.
“What we’re proposing is completely consistent, completely consistent with the precedent,” Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming and a member of Senate management, claimed on “Meet the Press.”
In 2016, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the bulk chief, with the backing of his Republican caucus, refused to permit a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick B. Garland virtually eight months earlier than the election.
“We think the important principle in the middle of this presidential year is that the American people need to weigh in and decide who’s going to make this decision,” Mr. McConnell mentioned then. He and most of his Republican colleagues are taking a really totally different stance now.
Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas and one of many names on Mr. Trump’s quick record for the open seat, mentioned on Fox Information Sunday that “the Senate majority is performing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that voters gave us in 2016 and 2018,” echoing the argument made by different Republicans that as a result of the identical social gathering controls the White Home and the Senate, the state of affairs is totally different than in 2016.
(Few Republicans made that distinction in 2016 after Justice Antonin Scalia died.)
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” the host, Jake Tapper, performed clips of Republicans — together with President Trump — opposing Mr. Obama’s appointment in 2016. However Marc Quick, chief of employees to Vice President Mike Pence, rejected the suggestion that they’d reversed place.