McConnell Says He Would Fill a Supreme Court Vacancy in 2020

‘The most important thing for the country, which cannot be undone…’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear that the GOP-controlled Senate would fill any vacancy on the Supreme Court if one happened to appear during the 2020 election.

When asked what he would do if a spot on the bench were to appear, McConnell responded, “Uh, we’d fill it.”

Speaking at the Paducah Chamber luncheon on Tuesday, McConnell explained why judicial appointments have been the Senate’s priority.

“Yeah, the reason I started with the judges — as important as all the other things are that we’re talking about — if you want to have a long-lasting positive impact on the country, everything else changes,” McConnell began. “I remember during the tax bill, there were people agonizing over whether one part of the tax bill was permanent or not. And I said: ‘Look, the only way the tax bill is permanent, depends upon the next election. The next election. Because people have different views about the taxes in the two parties and approach it differently when they get in power.”

“What can’t be undone is a lifetime appointment to a young man or woman who believes in the quaint notion that the job of the judge is to follow the law. That’s the most important thing for the country, which cannot be undone,” McConnell added.

Many progressives accused McConnell of hypocrisy since he refused to hold a single hearing on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, just ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate, led by McConnell, has confirmed more than 100 judges nominated by Trump since the president took office, including 63 district court judges and 37 circuit court judges.