This afternoon, the nation was stunned by the incredibly selfish decision of Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire from the Supreme Court and give a second seat to President Donald Trump, who will inevitably nominate some young extremist judge who just graduated from law school to oversee the dismantling of the United States as we know it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gleefully released a statement today on Justice Kennedy’s retirement, thanking him for all the times he sided against the American people and announced that the Senate would be confirming the President’s next Supreme Court justice this fall – before the midterm elections.
In one of the most infuriating statements of American political history, McConnell then had the gall to demand that Trump’s nominee be “treated fairly” by the Democratic opposition during the upcoming confirmation hearings.
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McConnell on Kennedy retiring: "It's imperative that the president's nominee be treated fairly."
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) June 27, 2018
His words are an act of political hypocrisy so heinous it’s hard to understand how he doesn’t combust on the spot. McConnell, as you probably remember, spearheaded the obstruction of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on the grounds that “the American people deserve to have their voice heard” since the election was later that year.
Now, of course, he’s suddenly changing his tune, salivating at the mouth at the prospect of cementing the grip of a small faction of extremist conservatives over our nation’s highest court and undoing every progressive achievement the Democratic Party has achieved in the past fifty years.
The Democratic Party must fight tooth and nail to prevent him from confirming another Justice and live up the reputation of obstructionists that the President has already tarred them as being. The future of our republic as we know it is at stake – as are the rights and livelihoods of millions of people.