McConnell: I'd block Biden SCOTUS nominee in 2024

The Senate minority leader's comment comes as all eyes are on whether Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire.

6/14/2021 8:15:00 PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear today that he would block a Supreme Court nominee in 2024 if Republicans take back the chamber

The Senate minority leader's comment comes as all eyes are on whether Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire.

By06/14/2021 12:38 PM EDTLink CopiedSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear Monday that he would block a Supreme Court nominee in 2024 if Republicans take back the chamber — a comment certain to increase liberal pressure on Justice Stephen Breyer to step down before next fall.

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In an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, McConnell vowed that he would not view a high court pick made by President Joe Biden any differently than how he viewed now-Attorney General Merrick Garland in 2016. McConnell blocked Garland's Supreme Court nominee from consideration that year, citing divided government ahead of a presidential election.

“I don’t think either party, if it controlled, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election,” McConnell told Hewitt. “What was different in 2020 was we were of the same party as the president.” headtopics.com

With the Supreme Court term coming to an end this month, all eyes are on whether Breyer will retire. Progressives are publicly calling for the 82-year-old justice to step down in light of Democrats’ fragile 50-50 Senate majority, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) telling CNN on Sunday that she's "inclined to say" Breyer should step down from the bench. But most Senate Democrats are staying quiet and some liberals have expressed concern that a pressure campaign could backfire.

Democrats are still seething over McConnell’s decision to block Garland’s nomination in 2016 and accused him of hypocrisy when Senate Republicans moved forward with now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation in 2020. But as McConnell argued to Hewitt, Republicans asserted the situation during Barrett's nomination was different because the White House and the Senate were controlled by the same party.

When asked whether he’d fill a vacancy 18 months before a presidential election, McConnell replied: “we’d have to wait and see what happens.”McConnell, however, did praise Breyer for recently expressing skepticism about adding seats to the Supreme Court — an idea that became a liberal litmus test during the 2020 presidential primary but

inCongress.“I do want to give him a shout-out, though, because he joined what Justice Ginsburg said in 2019 that nine is the right number for the Supreme Court,” McConnell said of Breyer. “And I admire him for that. I think even the liberal justices on the Supreme Court have made it clear that court packing is a terrible idea.” headtopics.com

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Shocked! Seems like Stephen Breyer should retire then, before they happen Whoever believes this also believes in the wizard of Oz… I feel like some of these politicians just like to show off their power. It’s like “little man with big gun/truck” syndrome. See how much power I have! I hear his kind live to be 100. Damnit.

The lack of any conscience at all, his blatant, in your face hypocrisy, continues to be breathtaking, This is politics like we've never seen before. Better do it NOW, Dems. Chop, chop! What are you doing?!?!?! of course, it is clear now that he uses obstruction as a political tool IF How is it I've never read about anyone punching this man? Seriously, I can't imagine if I met him face to face that I'd be able to stop from doing it as a reflex action.

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Is this news? This man is the devil Wake up DEMS! WAKE Up and get tough now! Stop being soft! This system is terribly broken. 1 d-bag senator from a state with one of the worst education systems in the country has been calling the shots for 300 million Americans for far too long! No surprise there. Just what the Founding Fathers intended I guess

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Please note that the quality, character, and experience of the nominee are not a consideration. The only consideration is political advantage. Mitch McConnell is a threat to freedom and representative democracy. And for what reasons exactly? Bipartisanship in America: Republicans do whatever they want and Democrats let them.

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