White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday accused Democrats of playing politics with Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Sanders blasted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Democrats for "throwing the kitchen sink" at Kavanaugh with "no regard for the process, decency, or standards," adding that Democrats have been:
"literally trying to undercut the voice of the American people who elected Donald Trump"
Yes, President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, but it was not because more people voted for him. The Electoral College decided the 2016 election, not the "voice of American people," which by a margin of nearly three million, chose Hillary Clinton.
Social media wasn't about to let Sanders forget that.
@FoxNews @PressSec The American people voted for Clinton.— Alt. Sam Brownback (@Alt. Sam Brownback)1538588018.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Well, to be fair, Hillary won the popular vote. So "the voice of the american people" isn't very… https://t.co/DbCVdoI5kI— Thunder Goody (@Thunder Goody)1538588089.0
@FoxNews @PressSec https://t.co/JjA7jAXmpJ— Scott Morrison (@Scott Morrison)1538588398.0
@FoxNews @PressSec There were 3,000,000 more people in the US who didn’t vote from Trump than did. He’s only presid… https://t.co/vHeTT4nBIV— Deeps Tate (@Deeps Tate)1538589312.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Ahhhh ... the electoral college elected Trump ... not the people.— Matt Eastwood (@Matt Eastwood)1538588968.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Ah, yes, that quarter of the voting America that elected Trump.— Paul Gordon (@Paul Gordon)1538588871.0
@FoxNews @PressSec The majority didn’t elect Trump. And withouth Putins hackers he wouldn’t even have won the electoral vote— Wayne_Swiss2 (@Wayne_Swiss2)1538588575.0
@FoxNews @PressSec The American people did not vote for Trump he lost the popular vote. Stop spreading lies. #FakeNews— Amber Marina (@Amber Marina)1538588633.0
@FoxNews @PressSec He lost the popular vote.— Peggy (@Peggy)1538588021.0
@FoxNews @PressSec The American people voted for the other candidate.— El Publius (@El Publius)1538588563.0
@FoxNews @PressSec 3 million less votes!— Benamin Woody (@Benamin Woody)1538588080.0
Watch the full segment below:
.@PressSec: “They’re not opposed to Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial views, they’re literally trying to undercut the voic… https://t.co/FLGKKIHb9S— Fox News (@Fox News)1538587959.0
Sanders also went after Democrats who have questioned Kavanaugh's truthfulness over his drinking habits during high school and college, stemming from allegations that he sexually assaulted several women during his youth while intoxicated at house parties.
Democrats have thrown "11th-hour accusations" in a "smear campaign" against Kavanaugh with "no evidence," Sanders said." The FBI is currently investigating the aforementioned claims against Kavanaugh before the Senate begins confirmation proceedings on Friday.
"One thing is clear - Democrats want to block Kavanaugh and hold the seat open until the 2020 election," Sanders said. "This is about politics, this is about power, pure and simple."
Republicans don't actually need any Democratic votes to confirm Kavanaugh, but the scandal surrounding his youth is giving Republicans like Jeff Flake (AZ), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Susan Collins (ME) pause.
This, however, pales in comparison to when Republicans let Justice Antonin Scalia's seat sit open for a year following his death in 2016 - because they didn't want to consider Barack Obama's replacement, Merrick Garland.
Even then, when Trump picked Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat, Democrats did not mount much of an opposition. Gorsuch was confirmed with some Democratic support.
Twitter reminded Sanders of this.
@FoxNews @PressSec Shocking that the Senate would not honor a SCOTUS nomination made by a duly elected President. #MerrickGarland— Stan Dorn (@Stan Dorn)1538588074.0
@FoxNews @PressSec #merrickfuckinggarland— Stephen Boyd (@Stephen Boyd)1538588577.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Merrick Garland— Richard Wilson (@Richard Wilson)1538588000.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Not really. Gorsuch was approved. This guy wrong for the job. @cspanwj— 'Wheat (@'Wheat)1538588032.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Then why didn't this happen when he appointed Gorsuch?— 🍑Liddle- Savage Patriot + 3🇺🇸 (@🍑Liddle- Savage Patriot + 3🇺🇸)1538588193.0
Many people also feel that Kavanaugh's temperament and partisanship during his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, following testimony by his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, is wholly disqualifying from a seat on the nation's highest court.
@FoxNews @PressSec Ummm yea we are opposed to his political views. Particularly the crazy partisan rant he went on… https://t.co/omFtn4ARXB— Michelle (@Michelle)1538588444.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Of course we're opposed to his judicial views. He's a radical guaranteed to erode - civil rights… https://t.co/T3OyzdfuuF— blue moon rising (@blue moon rising)1538588728.0
@FoxNews @PressSec They opposed to Bart O'KAVANAUGH's opinions and the fact that he lied under oath. Brett is def… https://t.co/k0GFblYU5I— Elizabeth Vick (@Elizabeth Vick)1538588770.0
@FoxNews @PressSec He proved himself unfit for judicial service with his shouting tantrum and disingenuous statements.— Matt Stone (@Matt Stone)1538588438.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Also Kavanaugh has lied repeatedly under oath, about things anyone with access to google can check.— Deeps Tate (@Deeps Tate)1538589410.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Um perhaps the fact that kavanaugh lied, repeatedly, under oath is disqualifying.— Trubble07 (@Trubble07)1538589169.0
@FoxNews @PressSec Does she really believe that b*******? Kavanaugh is a biased, political hack. He believes a pres… https://t.co/u5bvQRzJHc— Brooklyn🆘️ (@Brooklyn🆘️)1538589654.0
Thirty-four days to go.