McConnell Vows: 'Obama Will Not Get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th Hour'

By Lauretta Brown | June 10, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed again Friday that the Senate will not confirm President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, this year.

“Let me say this once more, and let me say it clearly: Barack Obama will not get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th hour of his presidency on the way out the door,” McConnell said to loud applause at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C.

“President Obama is trying to airdrop another Supreme Court Justice on his way out the door and in the middle of this election,” McConnell emphasized.

McConnell referenced a recent New York Times article with a headline “declaring that a Supreme Court with Merrick Garland would be the most liberal in decades,” adding that “the New York Times also speculated he could tip the ideological balance and create the most liberal Supreme Court in fifty years.”

“That’s why President Obama is trying to airdrop another Supreme Court Justice on his way out the door and in the middle of this election,” McConnell emphasized.

“He thinks he can get away with it too if his nominee is portrayed as some kind of moderate. Let me tell you President Obama, calling someone a moderate does not make him a moderate,” he said. “He’s clearly not a moderate.”

McConnell went on to reference the National Rifle Association’s and the National Federation of Independent Business’ examinations of Garland’s record.

“America’s largest organization of gun owners examined the record. Here’s what it found: a judge who does not respect our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense,” McConnell said. “America’s largest organization of small businesses examined his record too. Here’s what it found: a judge who nearly always sides with regulators, labor unions, and trial lawyers at the expense of small business."

“Let me say this once more, and let me say it clearly: Barack Obama will not get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th hour of his presidency on the way out the door,” McConnell concluded to loud applause.