On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened to deliver final remarks before voting on whether to advance to the Senate floor Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Though Republican committee members near-unanimously acknowledged Judge Jackson's qualifications and expressed admiration for her demeanor during the hearings, they all expressed their intentions to vote against bringing her nomination to the floor.
Among them was Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina—whose bizarre questions about Jackson's religion, as well as his incessant airing of grievances regarding how Trump-era Supreme Court nominees were treated, went viral over the course of the hearings.
In announcing his vote, Graham acknowledged that if Republicans were in charge of the Senate, Judge Jackson never would've received a hearing.
"If [Republicans] get back the Senate and we're in charge of this body and there's judicial openings, we will talk to our colleagues on the other side, but if we're in charge, she would not have been before this committee. You'd have had somebody more moderate than this."
Given the records of past GOP-controlled Senates regarding a Democratic president's Supreme Court nominations, Graham is probably right.
Former President Barack Obama famously appointed Judge Merrick Garland (who now serves as Attorney General) to the Supreme Court after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. But the Judiciary Committee and the rest of the Republican-majority Senate refused to considerrObama's nomination. They didn't even convene the committee to hear Garland's testimony. That Supreme Court seat was left open for a year, until former President Donald Trump's administration.
This was on the minds of social media users listening to Graham's diatribe.
Others pointed out that Graham has supported Judge Jackson multiple times in the past when she was confirmed by the Senate for lower court positions.
Others said a Republican Senate would never consider a Democratic president's nomination again.
The committee is currently in recess after flight issues delayed the arrival of Democratic Senator Alex Padilla of California. The vote will be held when he arrives later this afternoon.