McConnell: GOP Would Likely Block Biden Supreme Court Pick in 2024

McConnell: GOP Would Block Biden SCOTUS Picks

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In a Monday interview on "The Hugh Hewitt Show", Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said if he were majority leader in 2024, he would likely block President Joe Biden from filling a Supreme Court seat if one opens up.

For years, however, McConnell has argued that since the late 19th century, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president's Supreme Court nominee during a presidential election year.

"I think in the middle of a presidential election, if you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy was filled", McConnell said in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday.

McConnell could return as majority leader if Republicans regain control of the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections. That enabled Donald Trump, the victor of the November 2016 election, to appoint conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

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Then, in 2020, when liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in September, now former President Donald Trump swiftly picked Judge Amy Coney Barrett to take her place. Democrats accused him of hypocrisy, but he pointed out at the time that the difference was Republicans controlled both the Senate and the White House - while that was not the case in 2016.

"We'd have to wait and see what happens", McConnell said. Trump appointed three justices, also including Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court, which now has a 6-3 conservative majority.

'I'll be keeping an eye on that, hopefully we won't have to intervene, but if we do, we will, ' the minority leader added.

Democrats denounced McConnell's comments, with some even using them to solicit campaign donations.

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Democratic Senator Ed Markey wrote on Twitter: "Mitch McConnell is already foreshadowing that he'll steal a 3rd Supreme Court seat if he gets the chance".

Some Democrats have proposed expanding the number of justices in order to end the Supreme Court's conservative majority.

Now, progressive and socialist lawmakers including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are publicly attempting to pressure 82-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer, a member of the court's liberal wing, to retire.

The 100-seat Senate is now split 50-50, with Democrats in control only because Vice President Kamala Harris wields a tie-breaking vote.

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