Bill Clinton is quite familiar with the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her qualifications for the Supreme Court. Clinton, in fact, was the president who nominated RBG to the bench back in 1993. She became the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court after Sandra Day O’Connor.
The 42nd president appeared on CNN Sunday morning to talk with Jake Tapper about Bader Ginsbueg and the process of replacing her. During the interview, Clinton bashed Mitch McConnell, who is playing an important role in the succession.
The former president told Tapper that it is “superficially hypocritical,” for McConnell to allow a vote. In 2016, the senate majority leader refused to hold a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland.
Clinton continued, “This is what they do. Both for senator McConnell and President Trump, their first value is power and they’re trying to fill the court with as many ideological judges as they can.”
The former president closed by saying, “It’s going to further spread cynicism in our system. Senator McConnell said before he thought the people were entitled to a say. I don’t know what’s happened to make him stop trusting the American people, but apparently when it’s to his advantage, the people are not entitled to a say. So it is what it is. It’s politics. But I think we should remember that.”
Watch a video of Clinton’s comments below, courtesy of CNN:
Pres. Bill Clinton just now: "Sen. McConnell said before, he thought the people were entitled to a say … but apparently when it's to his advantage, the people are not entitled to a say … It's a power play, and they think that they can do it." pic.twitter.com/TfktdD0fbR
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