SHAMELESS GOP Hypocrisy & RBG

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1) SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL)

  • “I don’t think we should be moving on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term - I would say that if it was a Republican president.” “The Senate is not moving forward on it until after the election. Senator McConnell, the majority leader, has already made that clear. And I agree with that. There’s been precedent established over 80 years that, in the last year, especially in the last 11 months, you do not have a lame-duck president make a lifetime appointment to the highest court on the land.” (SOURCE)

2) SEN. STEVE DAINES (R-MT)

  • “The replacement of Justice Scalia will have far-reaching impacts on our country for a generation. The American people have already begun voting on who the next President will be and their voice should continue to be reflected in a process that will have lasting implications on our nation. The U.S. Senate should exercise its constitutional powers by not confirming a new Supreme Court justice until the American people elect a new President and have their voices heard." (SOURCE)

3) SEN. MITT ROMNEY (R-UT)

  • “New president should nominate new SCOTUS justice. Dems may complain, but they should talk to @chuckschumer." (SOURCE)

4) SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX)

  • “It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.” (SOURCE)

5) SEN. CORY GARDNER (R-CO)

  • “I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.” (SOURCE)

6) SEN. THOM TILLIS (R-NC)

  • “The campaign is already under way. It is essential to the institution of the Senate and to the very health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.” (SOURCE)

7) SEN. DAVID PERDUE (R-GA)

  • “The very balance of our nation’s highest court is in serious jeopardy. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will do everything in my power to encourage the president and Senate leadership not to start this process until we hear from the American people.” (SOURCE)

8) SEN. JONI ERNST (R-IA)

  • “We will see what the people say this fall, and our next president, regardless of party, will be making that nomination.” (SOURCE)

9) SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R-TX)

  • "I believe the American people deserve to have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice, and the best way to ensure that happens is to have the Senate consider a nomination made by the next president.” (SOURCE)

10) SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-SC)

  • “The next president should fill the open seat on the Supreme Court, not a lame duck. Our nation is in the middle of an election that will replace this president and it has brought people out in every corner of our country in record numbers to have their voice heard. As elected officials, we need to protect the American people’s chance to have their voices heard in the decision on who will be appointed to a lifetime seat on the nation’s high court.” (SOURCE)

11) SEN. TOM COTTON (R-AR)

  • “In a few short months, we will have a new President and new Senators who can consider the next Justice with the full faith of the people. . . I respect President Obama's right to nominate someone to the Supreme Court. But the stakes are high and we cannot rush this decision. This nomination should not be considered by the Senate at this time.” (SOURCE)

12) SEN. ROB PORTMAN (R-OH)

  • “I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in on who should make a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations. This wouldn’t be unusual. It is common practice for the Senate to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term, and it’s been nearly 80 years since any president was permitted to immediately fill a vacancy that arose in a presidential election year.” "During a very partisan year and a presidential election year, that both for the sake of the court and the integrity of the court and the legitimacy of the candidate, it’s better to have this occur after we’re passed this presidential election." (SOURCE)

 

13) SEN. MIKE LEE (R-UT)

  • “We think that the American people need a chance to weigh in on this issue, on who will fill that seat. They’ll have that chance this November, and they ought to have that chance.” "In light of the contentious presidential election already well underway, my colleagues and I on the Judiciary Committee have already given our advice and consent on this issue: we will not have any hearings or votes on President Obama’s pick." (SOURCE)

 

14) SEN. PAT TOOMEY (R-PA)

  • “With the U.S. Supreme Court’s balance at stake, and with the presidential election fewer than eight months away, it is wise to give the American people a more direct voice in the selection and confirmation of the next justice.” (SOURCE)

 

15) SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA)

  • “A lifetime appointment that could dramatically impact individual freedoms and change the direction of the court for at least a generation is too important to get bogged down in politics. The American people shouldn’t be denied a voice.” (SOURCE)

 

16) SEN. JOHN THUNE (R-SD)

  • “Since the next presidential election is already underway, the next president should make this lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.” (SOURCE)

 

17) SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI)

  • “Let the American people have a voice in the composition of the Supreme Court. Instead of a lame duck president and Senate nominating and confirming, a new president and Senate – elected by the people only a few months from now – should make that important decision. In the politicized atmosphere of an election year, you probably shouldn't even nominate someone... It's not fair to the nominee, it's not fair to the court." (SOURCE)

 

18) SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC)

  • “As I have repeatedly stated, the election cycle is well under way and the precedent of the Senate is not to confirm a nominee at this stage in the process. I strongly support giving the American people a voice in choosing the next Supreme Court nominee by electing a new president. I hope all Americans understand how important their vote is when it comes to picking a new Supreme Court Justice.” “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait to the next election.” (SOURCE)

 

19) SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)

  • “The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction…The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next President may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy.” (SOURCE)

 

20) SEN. ROGER WICKER (R-MS)

  • “The American people should have the opportunity to make their voices heard before filling a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court. In November, the country will get that chance by choosing a new President – a process that is well underway. Until then, our time should be spent addressing the many other legislative matters before us to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and secure our nation.” (SOURCE)

 

21) SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY)

  • “A president on his way out of the White House should not make a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. The American people will soon decide our next president. That person should get to choose the next Supreme Court nominee. Give the people a voice, and let them chart the course for the court and the country.” (SOURCE)

 

22) SEN. RICHARD BURR (R-NC)

  • “In this election year, the American people will have an opportunity to have their say in the future direction of our country. For this reason, I believe the vacancy left open by Justice Antonin Scalia should not be filled until there is a new president.” (SOURCE)

 

23) SEN. ROY BLUNT (R-MO)

  • “The Senate should not confirm a new Supreme Court justice until we have a new president.” (SOURCE)

 

24) SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI (R-AK)

  • “[G]iven the timing of this vacancy, in the middle of a Presidential election and in an increasingly toxic political environment, I had urged the President to refrain from naming a nominee. I believe he should have left that task to the next administration. . . Any nominee is likely to become a political football in the midst of this already contentious and divisive campaign season. This is not good for the nominee, it is not good for the court, and it is not good for the American people.” (SOURCE)

 

25) SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME)

  • "Given the proximity of the presidential election … I do not believe the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election. In fairness to the American people, who will either be reelecting the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on November 3rd.” (SOURCE)

 

26) SEN. DAN SULLIVAN (R-AK)

  • “The President has the constitutional authority to nominate and the U.S. Senate has the authority to advise and consent. The decision to withhold advancement of Mr. Garland’s nomination isn’t about the individual, it’s about the principle. . . Alaskans deserve to have a voice in that direction through their vote, and we will ensure that they have one.” (SOURCE)

27) SEN. DEB FISCHER (R-NE)

  • "It is crucial for Nebraskans and all Americans to have a voice in the selection of the next person to serve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, and there is precedent to do so. Therefore, I believe this position should not be filled until the election of a new president." (SOURCE)

28) SEN. JIM INHOFE (R-OK)

  • “It makes the current presidential election all that more important as not only are the next four years in play, but an entire generation of Americans will be impacted by the balance of the court and its rulings. I will oppose this nomination as I firmly believe we must let the people decide the Supreme Court's future.” (SOURCE)

29) SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OK)

  • “Based on previous historical precedent, I support Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s intent to give the American people a say in Justice Scalia’s replacement this year at the ballot box.” (SOURCE)

30) SEN. JOHN BOOZMAN (R-AR)

  • "Our country is very split and we are in the midst of a highly contested presidential election. My colleagues and I are committed to giving the American people a voice in the direction the court will take for generations to come." (SOURCE)

31) SEN. JOHN HOEVEN (R-ND)

  • “There is 80 years of precedent for not nominating and confirming a new justice of the Supreme Court in the final year of a president’s term so that people can have a say in this very important decision.” (SOURCE)

32) SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

  • “I believe it is reasonable to give the American people a voice by allowing the next president to fill this lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court." (SOURCE)

33) SEN. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO (R-WV)

  • “Before a Supreme Court justice is confirmed to a lifetime position on the bench, West Virginians and the American people should have the ability to weigh in at the ballot box this November. My position does not change with the naming of a nominee today.” (SOURCE)

34) SEN. PAT ROBERTS (R-KS)

  • "The next justice will have an effect on the courts for decades to come and should not be rushed through by a lame-duck president during an election year. This is not about the nominee, it is about giving the American people and the next president a role in selecting the next Supreme Court justice." (SOURCE)

35) SEN. RICHARD SHELBY (R-AL)

  • “President Obama is attempting to solidify his liberal agenda by drastically changing the direction of the Court for decades to come. This critical decision should be made after the upcoming presidential election so that the American people have a voice.” (SOURCE)

36) SEN. MIKE CRAPO (R-ID)

  • "The next Supreme Court justice will make decisions that affect every American and shape our nation’s legal landscape for decades. Therefore, the current Supreme Court vacancy should be filled by an individual nominated by the next president of the United States." (SOURCE)

37) SEN. MIKE ROUNDS (R-SD)

  • "I believe that Justice Scalia’s replacement should be nominated by the next president of the United States." (SOURCE)

38) SEN. MIKE ENZI (R-WY)

  • "The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has announced the committee’s intention to exercise its constitutional authority to withhold consent on a nominee submitted by this president. I believe the American people should decide the direction of the Supreme Court.” (SOURCE)

39) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

  • "I think the next president should make the pick, and I think they shouldn’t go forward, and I believe I’m pretty much in line with what the Republicans are saying.” Also: “Certainly they could wait it out very easily. I would be not in favor of going forward.” (SOURCE)


 

  

 

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