Biden blasts Trump's plan to push for Supreme Court nominee before election

Clay Curtis
September 22, 2020

"I will apply the same standard when I consider President Trump's nomination to replace Justice Ginsburg".

"I hope that before the politics begins - because there will be plenty of time for that - that we have some time for this country to reflect on the legacy of a great woman who rose to our nation's highest court and the work that she has done for this nation, whether you agree or not", the Republican senator told Club 20, a Western Slope business group. "He argued that, because it was an election year, a confirmation vote shouldn't be held until after the election so that the American people could have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice", Sires said this evening.

But Mr Biden and other Democrats said voters should choose the next president, who should then choose Ms Ginsburg's successor.

Attention quickly focused on senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who voted to convict Mr Trump on one count of impeachment, and senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a former chairman of the judiciary committee.

Sen. Chris Coons of DE says Republicans should follow the precedent they set in 2016 when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to act on the nomination of Merrick Garland to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia in an election year.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the 2016 election, on the same program called that view "indefensible".

Mr Trump has already installed two right wing judges to the court.

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Fellow Republican Susan Collins on Saturday also said she would not support moving to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November 3 presidential contest.

If Trump is able to install a conservative replacement for the liberal Ginsburg, the move would cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the court.

The Arkansas senator said there was a "referendum" on the issue of Supreme Court nominees in the 2018 midterms.

To the chants of "Fill that seat", Trump told supporters at an event Saturday night in North Carolina that he would nominate a woman as soon as this week.

Mr Biden on Sunday urged Senate Republicans not to vote on any candidate nominated to the Supreme Court as the November election approaches.

"We win an election and those are the consequences", said Trump, who then seemed to signal that he'd be willing to accept a vote on his nominee during the lame-duck period after the election. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were already willing by Sunday afternoon.

"For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election", Murkowski said. "We're talking about January 20th" - when the next president is inaugurated.

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