Al Franken responded to John Roberts, who complained that SCOTUS’ legitimacy was being questioned, by reminding everyone that Republicans had stolen two seats.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Franken: “Trust in the Supreme Court is at an all-time low. The Chief Justice can say what he likes, seems reluctant to accept this criticism. But it appears, based on Vice President Kamala Harris’ testimony, that there is wind at the Democrats’ backs because of this decision, which was overturned. Her thoughts?
Franken replied: “I disagree with what the Chief Justice said, the court’s legitimacy was undermined when they didn’t run for Merrick Garland and McConnell said it was because it was an election year and Lindsey Graham promised that it was a vacancy was revealed during an election year 20 that he would not vote for – they would not accept a candidate. They stole two seats. The one Merrick Garland wasn’t heard for. And Coney Barrett’s, where she sat a week before the election. That destroyed the legitimacy of the court.”
The court is illegitimate since Mitch McConnell blocked Merrick Garland’s nomination. Everything that happened after McConnell’s actions sprang from the original act of not having Garland’s nomination taken up by the Senate.
If the Supreme Court isn’t a motivating issue for Republicans, maybe Hillary Clinton wins Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and there are no Trump nominees for the Supreme Court?
The Supreme Court lost its legitimacy before Trump took office. The person who destroyed the institution’s credibility was Mitch McConnell.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association