In a powerful interview on CCN, former president Bill Clinton called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ‘hypocritical’ for his ‘power play’ to rush through a new (conservative) SCOTUS pick following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Even before the nation had time to mourn the passing of RBG, McConnell was calling for Republicans to vote for whomever Trump nominated.SCOTUS
‘This is what they do. Both for senator McConnell and President Trump, their first value is power and they’re trying to fill the court with as many ideological judges as they can,’ Clinton told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
Calling out McConnell for his power play, Clinton argued, ‘Well, of course, it’s superficially hypocritical call, isn’t it? I mean Mitch McConnell wouldn’t give President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing 10 months before the presidential election. And that meant we went a long time with eight judges on the court.’
‘But when the shoe is on the other foot and he wants a judge, we’re fewer than 50 days away and that argument doesn’t cut any mustard,’ Clinton said, adding that ‘it’s going to further spread cynicism in our system and, you know, he said he wouldn’t do it’.
Trump has already said he will nominate a pick this week.