Over the past few days, liberals have been launching protests outside of the home of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in the hopes of pressuring him not to hold confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nomination.
Graham, however, just showed the left that these protests are not going to stop him from moving forward with confirmation hearings to approve a Supreme Court nominee to fill the seat that was vacated by Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her death.
On Monday, Graham sent a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in which he offered condolences for the late Justice Ginsburg. He went on to say in the letter that the Republican majority in 2016 acted constitutionally in refusing to begin confirmation hearings for then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
“When the American people elected a Republican Senate majority in 2014, Americans did so because we committed to checking and balancing the end of President Obama’s lame duck presidency,” the letter stated. “We did so. We followed the precedent and that the Senate has followed for 140 years: since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year.”
This year, however, both the presidency and the Senate majority are held by the Republican Party.
“Because our Senate majority committed to confirming President Trump’s excellent judicial nominees — and particularly because we committed to supporting his Supreme Court nominees — the American people expanded the Republican majority in 2018,” Graham wrote. “We should honor that mandate. And unlike in 2016, President Trump is currently standing for reelection: the people will have a say in his choices.”
NEW: Lindsey Graham letter:
"After the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process." pic.twitter.com/o3vlYuY1E2
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) September 21, 2020
Back in 2016, Graham opposed holding confirmation hearings for Garland, and even called on his critics to “use my words against me” if he ever changed his position.
“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, ‘Let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination,'” he said. “And you could use my words against me and you’d be absolutely right.”
“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination." pic.twitter.com/quD1K5j9pz
— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) September 19, 2020
In his letter today, however, Graham explained that his views on this have evolved after watching how Democrats mistreated now-Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.
“I therefore think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by President Trump to fill this vacancy,” he continued. “I am certain that if the shoe were on the other foot, you would do the same.”
This piece was written by James Samson on September 22, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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