Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY.) has said that if the GOP regains power over the Senate, it is “unlikely” he would allow Biden to gain a Supreme Court seat if one were to become available.
McConnell said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that the Senate would not allow a Supreme Court justice nomination by the other party.
“I believe during an election, if you have a Senate being controlled by the other party, opposite to the president, you must go back to the 1800s to find a Supreme Court vacancy being filled like that. So I believe it is highly unlikely. So no, I do not believe there will ever be a Supreme Court nominee confirmed during the middle of an election.”
Although McConnell has been criticized by Republicans for not fighting hard enough on behalf of Trump and conservatives, he has also been criticized by Democrats when Republicans confirmed Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee, ahead of the election.
This comes as progressives, both far-left and moderates, want to put pressure on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire to guarantee that President Biden can nominate a liberal to the high court to balance out Trump’s three new conservative Justices.
Democratic Congress-members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Mondaire Jones both said they wanted Breyer to step down so a liberal could take his place.
AOC said to CNN’s Dana Bash over the weekend that she “would probably say yes., when asked if she believes Breyer should retire at the end of the Supreme Court term.
In April, Jones said “there is no question” that Breyer should accept retirement.
McConnell and Senate GOP members did not consider former President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, because of it being an election year.
Author: Scott Dowdy