Let’s flashback to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments on the floor of the United States Senate on March 2, 2016:
“The current Senate Democratic Leader once stated that ‘nowhere in [the Constitution] does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote.’ The incoming Senate Democratic Leader did not even wait until the final year of the last President’s term to declare that the Senate should ‘not confirm a Supreme Court nominee except in extraordinary circumstances.’
“And we all know what Vice President Biden said when he chaired the Judiciary Committee. ‘It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is under way, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.’
Emphasis added and here’s why: Donald Trump announced a rally in Florida to take place tomorrow, Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. (Click here to get free tickets and let Donald Trump see you in person.) He apparently misses the throngs of adoring fans at his campaign rallies and is trying to reignite his fan base. Here’s the rub: yesterday White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer admitted this isn’t a presidential event, it is a campaign rally.
Spicer repeatedly called it a "campaign event." That means Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign will officially be underway tomorrow at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. And per Mitch McConnell and Republican leadership, “once the political season is under way, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.”
Sorry, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Please step to the side and take a seat next to Judge Merrick Garland. After all, the American people deserve to have their say in the next election.