Appearing on a local radio show in Pennsylvania, Sen. John McCain promised that Republicans will continue to use their majority in the Senate to obstruct not only President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland, but any nominee Sec. Hillary Clinton puts forward.
“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” Sen. McCain said. “I promise you. This is where we need the majority and Pat Toomey is probably as articulate and effective on the floor of the Senate as anyone I have encountered.”
This week U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) became the latest Republican to publicly state she will not vote for GOP Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. Collins now joins Illinois’ Mark Kirk, Nebraska’s Ben Sasse, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, and Nevada’s Dean Heller, who have all previously stated they would not support Trump’s candidacy..
Some are hailing these defections as acts of courage. Yet while Susan Collins talks about Trump’s “unsuitability for office,” she and her Republican colleagues, through their obstruction of Merrick Garland’s nomination, are also doing everything they can to ensure that if Trump does win the presidency, he’ll get to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court.
Republicans didn’t just embarrass themselves in Cleveland last week by nominating an unrepentant bigot to lead their presidential ticket.
The week also marked 125 days since President Obama appointed Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Garland’s confirmation process now holds the record for the longest a nominee has gone without a vote. (Previously this milestone was held by one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices, Louis Brandeis.)
Merrick Garland’s confirmation is not being held up because he is unqualified or because he is unfit to serve on our nation’s highest court. To the contrary, the reason Republicans refuse to even allow a hearing about the nomination is because it would then be difficult for them to justify casting a vote against him.
Today marks 100 days since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court – and 100 days that Senate Republicans have denied Garland a vote.
Like most Senate Republicans in the Obstruction Club, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has completely failed to take Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to task for his racist comments in which he questioned the ability of a federal judge to perform his duties due to his Mexican heritage.