With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg over the weekend, the 2020 election has somehow turned even more heated than before.
President Trump, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have already stated that they are looking to fill RBG’s now vacant seat on the bench before the next President is sworn in. This has brought a heaping load of criticism to their literal doorsteps, however, as McConnell and others loudly and publicly declared in 2016 that an election year is not the appropriate time to be adding justices to the Supreme Court.
A number of Republican Senators have begun to oppose the idea as well, including Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the latter of which received a virtual scolding from President Trump after voicing her opposition.
Trump eyed a tweet earlier Sunday morning from the Alaska Chamber which promoted an event slated for next week featuring Murkowski. Trump retweeted the post alongside the comment: “No thanks!”
Murkowski laid out the alleged hypocrisy in a statement:
In a statement, Murkowski said “for weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up” a potential nomination as the presidential election neared. “Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”
She added: “I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia.”
Now, “we are now even closer to the 2020 election — less than two months out — and I believe the same standard must apply,” she said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to rule out the possibility of impeaching Trump again if it would effective block his ability to push through an appointment.
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