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McConnell on Possible SCOTUS Vacancy on 2020: ‘Oh, We’d Fill It’

"What can't be undone is a lifetime appointment to a young man or woman who believes in the quaint notion that the job of a judge is to follow the law."

By NTK Staff | 05.29.2019 @10:52am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that the Senate would fill a theoretical Supreme Court seat in 2020 while addressing the Paducah Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Kentucky on Tuesday.

A member of the audience asked McConnell what his position would be on filling a Supreme Court vacancy created by an untimely justice death next year.

McConnell took a sip of iced tea before saying, “Oh, we’d fill it.”

The response from McConnell drew laughter from those in attendance.

“The reason I started with the judges, as important as all these other things are that we’re talking about, if you want to have a long-lasting, positive impact on the country—everything else changes,” McConnell said.

McConnell then pointed to Republican tax reform law as an example of something that could change because of the next election’s results.

“What can’t be undone is a lifetime appointment to a young man or woman who believes in the quaint notion that the job of a judge is to follow the law,” McConnell said.

McConnell famously blocked President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, from receiving a Senate hearing in 2016, citing the upcoming presidential election as his reason why.

Politico pointed out that this statement by McConnell was consistent with McConnell’s previous statements about the matter.

“Here he is on March 1, 2016 (hat tip: NBC’s Frank Thorp, who dug this up): “You’d have to go back to 1888 when Grover Cleveland was in the White House to find the last time a vacancy created in a presidential year was confirmed by the party opposite the occupant of the White House. So, this vacancy will not be filled this year.”

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