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Hillary Clinton, former First Lady and Secretary of State said yesterday that every effort should be made to block filling recently deceased Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the elections.
“The Democrats who are in the Senate will have to use every single possible maneuver that is available to them to make it clear that they are not going to permit Mitch McConnell to enact the greatest travesty, the monument to hypocrisy that would arise from him attempting to fill this position,” said Clinton in an interview.
Clinton's call for Ginsburg's seat to remain vacant flies in the face of her statement in 2016 following the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. At the time, she admonished Republicans for making the same request, stating the call would "dishonor the Constitution."
"The Senate has a constitutional responsibility here that it cannot abdicate for partisan political reasons," she stated.
According to Fox News, Clinton’s opinion is that McConnell has been "truly wreaking havoc on our Senate and on our norms, our values, and I would argue, on the underlying original intent of the Constitution and the founders."
"Let’s not give an inch in the face of the kind of hypocrisy that met President Obama when he tried to fulfill his Constitutional obligation and appoint Merrick Garland to the Court," Clinton continued during the interview.
This was a direct attack at McConnell who made every effort to block the appointment of Justice Merrick Garland before Trump was elected four years ago. McConnell in turn claims that the situation four years ago was different, due to the Senate having a majority of a different party affiliation from that of the president.
Here’s a list of Supreme Court Justices who were confirmed in less than 45 days after being nominated:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself, in 1993, was confirmed in 42 days.
Sandra Day O’Connor, in 1981, was confirmed in 33 days.
John Paul Stevens, in 1975, was confirmed in a mere 19 days.