Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) penned an op-ed for Politico that has many Americans fuming.
The staunch Republican and one of President Donald Trump’s most unwavering allies railed against Senate Democrats, blaming them for a hesitation to confirm Trump’s nominees for lower court appointments and federal positions like the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Since January 2017, for the first time in memory, a minority has exploited procedure to systematically obstruct a president from staffing up his administration. This new, across-the-board obstruction is unfair to the president and, more importantly, to the American people.”
Coming from McConnell, the assertion seems rich. He famously obstructed former President Barack Obama at practically every turn, even going so far as to spearhead an unprecedented—and ultimately successful—effort to block Obama’s appointment of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court appointments are a sitting President’s prerogative, but that didn’t seem to matter to McConnell, as many readers of the op-ed subsequently pointed out.
Merrick “Fucking” Garland says hello
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 1, 2019
— Russell Burgos (@Russ_Burgos) April 1, 2019
— LocalOnVolkls (@rtftheodore) April 1, 2019
If @senatemajldr has repented of the hyperpartisan obstructive model of government, he can start by offering some kind of restitution for stealing Merrick Garland’s rightful SCOTUS seat.
— Verity Pace 🌐 (@VerityPace) April 1, 2019