At a campaign event, Mitch McConnell mocked Hillary Clinton, boasting about scheduling the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The confirmation took place on Clinton’s birthday, and McConnell laughed and sneered about the timing.
Hillary Clinton, like many Democrats in government and across the nation, as well as several Republicans, spoke out against rushing the confirmation of a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died just over a month ago. Ginsburg said as her last wish that she hoped a new Justice would not be confirmed until after the election, allowing the American people to decide, through picking a president, the direction of the Supreme Court. Still, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Republicans (even those who had previously said they wouldn’t support confirming a nominee before the election) rammed the confirmation through.
The hearings concluded, and on Hillary Clinton’s birthday, October 26, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court. This was McConnell’s proud joke at a campaign event, as can be viewed below.
Here’s McConnell saying he’s sure Hillary Clinton was “so grateful” the Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett on her birthday. pic.twitter.com/aUCNt2e9qB
— Daniel Desrochers (@drdesrochers) October 29, 2020
It was a wonderful birthday present for Hillary Clinton to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday night on her birthday. Oh, I’m sure she was so grateful. So grateful.
Clinton’s position on the matter was made clear in her own words, citing Ginsburg’s final wish and promising to rally to support honoring that wish, and the will of the voters.
Days before she died, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
I'll be rallying with @wedemandjustice to honor her wish tonight:See Also
No confirmation until inauguration.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 12, 2020
McConnell, along with more than a score of other Republican senators, is up for re-election this year. While FiveThirtyEight is predicting that a win for him is likely, they’re also predicting that Democrats have a fair chance of flipping the Senate — which would significantly reduce McConnell’s power to obstruct legislation.
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