(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained Monday about the scare tactics that the left uses to bash the Supreme Court nominees of Republican presidents.
“One Democratic senator stated she would resist any attempt to confirm any nominee this year. ‘It doesn’t matter who he’s putting forward.’ It doesn’t matter who. Earlier today, just today another Democratic senator issued a press release declaring preemptively that he plans to oppose whomever the president nominates tonight no matter who they are,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.
“Another of our Democratic colleagues offered this assessment: We’re looking at the destruction of the Constitution as far as I can tell. It’s hard to keep a straight face when you hear stuff like that. There’s not even a nominee yet. Justice Kennedy just announced his retirement, and they’re talking about the destruction of the Constitution? Please, give the American people some credit,” he said.
“This far-left rhetoric comes out every single time, but the Apocalypse never comes. Americans see beyond this far left mongering, this kind of fear-mongering they tried over and over for 40 years. Senators should do the same. We should evaluate this president’s nominee fairly based on his or her qualifications, and we should treat this process with the respect and dignity that it deserves,” McConnell said.
The majority leader explained how “far left special interest groups” sought to torpedo the nomination of Republican presidents to the high court going back decades, during the Reagan administration.
“Sexist. A disaster for women. Totally unacceptable. These are just a few of the ad hominem attacks the far left special interest groups hurled at a federal Circuit Court judge whom a Republican president nominated to the Supreme Court. The name of the federal judge? Anthony Kennedy,” McConnell said.
“After President Reagan nominated then Judge Kennedy to the court in 1987, these far left special interest groups impinged his character. They cooked up apocalyptic warnings about all the terrible things, terrible things that would happen to Americans if he were confirmed to the court,” McConnell added.
“Of course the American people didn’t buy it, and a majority of senators saw through the hyperbole and hysteria and confirmed that qualified nominee, and believe it or not, Mr. President, the sky didn’t fall. It didn’t fall, but decades later, our Democratic colleagues still haven’t tired of crying wolf whenever a Republican president nominates anyone, anyone to the Supreme Court. We’ve seen the same movie time after time after time,” he said.
Left-wing groups did the same thing to Justice David Souter when President George H.W. Bush nominated him to replace Justice William Brennan, McConnell explained.
“Less than three years after Justice Kennedy’s confirmation, President Bush nominated David Souter to the Supreme Court. Guess what left-wing pressure groups said about David Souter right after President Bush selected him? That’s right. The very same things you’re hearing today the same things you’ve heard from these same corners about every Supreme Court nominee named by a Republican president,” McConnell said.
“One organization proclaimed that Justice Souter might ‘undo the advances made by women, minorities, dissenters and other disadvantaged groups.’ That was about Justice Souter, and back in 1975, they assailed the nomination of John Paul Stevens. They said he lacked impartiality and opposed women’s rights. That’s what’s said about John Paul Stevens,” McConnell added.
“So these fallout groups invented these same scare tactics, Mr. President, for over 40 years. The consistency is really quite amazing. Decade after decade, nominee after nominee, the far left script hardly changes at all. Anyone and everyone a Republican president nominates to the Supreme Court is some kind of threat to the republic, according to the hysterical press releases that inevitably follow,” he said.
“No matter their qualifications, no matter the record, no matter their reputation, it’s the same hyperbole, the same accusations, the same old story. Tonight, President Trump will announce his nominee to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy. We don’t know who he will name, but we already know exactly what unfair tactics the nominee will face. They won’t be new, and they won’t be warranted,” the majority leader said.
“We can expect to hear how they’ll destroy equal rights or demolish American health care or ruin our country in some other fictional way. Justice Kennedy’s resignation letter had barely arrived in the president’s hands before several of our Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone that the president might name,” McConnell said.
He said the Judiciary Committee will hold hearings and then the nomination will come to the full Senate for consideration and that “one more round of 40-year-old scare tactics” will not stop them from doing the right thing.