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Mitch McConnell Defends His ‘Switch’

McConnell and Senate Republicans aren’t going down without a fight, claiming that 2016 was different because the White House and Senate were controlled by different parties.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell clapped back Monday against the Democrats who are continuing to spew vicious allegations of hypocrisy over holding a vote on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement.

Democrats are accusing McConnell and other Republicans of a major switch up when it comes to the Supreme Court, using McConnells decision to block President Barack Obama’s 2016 nominee, Merrick Garland, as ammunition.

But, McConnell and Senate Republicans aren’t going down without a fight, claiming that 2016 was different because the White House and Senate were controlled by different parties.

According to Politico, in his floor remarks Monday, McConnell argued that the White House and the Senate are now controlled by the same party and thus, the Senate should confirm President Trump’s nominee.

“Apart from that one strange exception, no Senate has failed to confirm a nominee in the circumstances that face us now,” McConnell said, referring to Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas, who served on the Court in the 1960s but resigned over ethics issues. “The historical precedent is overwhelming and it runs in one direction.. If our Democratic colleagues want to claim they are outraged, they can only be outraged at the plain facts of American history.”

McConnell continued to highlight that the Senate is simply responding to voters. He noted that Senate Republicans expanded their majority in 2018 after the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. “Ironically, it was the Democratic leader who went out of his way to declare the 2018 midterms a referendum on the Senate’s handling of the Supreme Court,” McConnel said. “In his final speech before Kavanaugh was confirmed, he yelled over and over at the American people to ‘go vote!’ He told Americans to go elect senators based on how they’d approached their advice-and-consent duties over those weeks. Unfortunately for him, many Americans did just that.”

But, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rebutted, saying the majority leader and Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are “making a mockery” of their previous position.

“Why not just come to the floor and say I’m going to do whatever is best for my political party, consistency be damned, reason be damned, democracy be damned,” Schumer said. “They know there is no reason, no reason, no argument, no logic to justify flipping your position 180 degrees and calling it some kind of principle. It is not.”

In the contentious battle of then-versus-now, “Republicans argue that Democrats called for the confirmation of Garland during an election year, but Democrats say that with the Garland nomination, Republicans set a new standard,” according to Politico.

While McConnell is facing the brunt of these accusations since Ginsburg’s death on Friday, Graham, who is up for reelection, has faced his own sweep of relentless accusations of hypocrisy.

The South Carolina Republican, who said he would not confirm a nominee during the Kavanaugh confirmation, has since said he would vote for a nominee during an election year. But he too has spoken out, saying he changed his mind after the ugly confirmation process for Kavanaugh. .

With Trump’s announcement coming Friday or Saturday, McConnell and Schumer’s grueling squabble is only the beginning of what will be a brutal Supreme Court fight. McConnell has made it clear that Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the Senate floor, whether before or after the election, while Schumer said that at no time in the Senate’s history have they confirmed a Supreme Court nominee so close to a presidential election, which is 43 days away.

As expected, though, McConnell did not back down, referencing the confirmation of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was confirmed in 33 days.

While the battle is just beginning, there is ultimately little the Democrats can do to stop the nomination from going through. With the White House and Senate being controlled by Republicans, Democrats will be forced to sit back and let it happen.

But, there will be consequences. Democrats say if Republicans move forward, they will “fundamentally change the Senate as an institution,” according to Politico.

“How can we trust each other if when push comes to shove, when the stakes are the highest, the other side will double-cross their own standards when it’s politically advantageous,” Schumer said. “Tell me how this would not spell the end of this supposedly great deliberative body.”

As the nominee announcement inches closer, the Democrat-Republican drama will continue to unfold, and it’s clear that neither side will back down without a fight.

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Sen. Sinema Appears To Quickly Pull A U-Turn After Seeing Biden

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) – who dealt a potentially fatal blow to the Democrats’ election reform legislation by refusing President Biden’s push to reform Senate filibuster rules – appears to have avoided Biden as he spoke to reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats to the legislation.

In a video posted on YouTube, as Biden speaks to reporters, Sinema can be seen emerging from a Senate room in the background. As soon as Sinema appears to see Biden, she turns around and walks in the other direction.

Under current Senate rules, at least 60 senators would need to support Biden’s election reform legislation for it to pass. With the 50-50 split in the Senate, Democrats would need at least 10 Republicans to support the bill for it to have any chance of passing. In order to bypass this, Biden has pushed for eliminating the filibuster, which would effectively allow Democrats to ram through their legislation.

On Thursday, Sinema announced that she did not support eliminating the filibuster to allow the bills to pass through the Senate.

“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” Sinema said, according to Fox News. “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”

“But what is the legislative filibuster, other than a tool that requires new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators, representing the broader cross-section of Americans… Demands to eliminate this threshold from whichever party holds the fleeting majority amount to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting that solution to their colleagues,” she continued.

“These bills help treat the symptoms of the disease, but they do not fully address the disease itself. And while I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division affecting our country,” Sinema added.

“Some have given up on the goal of erasing our divisions and uniting Americans. I have not,” Sinema stated. “I’ve worked hard to demonstrate in my public service, the value of working with unlikely allies to get results.”

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Biden should ‘sleep with one eye open’ around Harris: Terrell

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Jesse Watters and Leo Terrell react to the Biden-Harris COVID response strategy on ‘Hannity.’

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