WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mitch McConnell on Monday accused President Obama and other Democrats of trying to undermine his role as senate majority leader by forcing him to perform duties which some argue are relevant to his position. Specifically, Senator McConnell said he believes the American people, rather than President Obama, should decide who will replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“To clarify, when I said ‘the American people,’ I meant the National Rifle Association,” Sen. McConnell told Chuck Todd during an appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday. The Kentucky senator went on to explain that in 2015, when he was sworn in as Senate Majority Leader, he “took an oath to block every conceivable motion put forth by the Democrats” while continuing to enjoy all the amenities and benefits afforded to him by American taxpayers.
On Monday, Senator Mitch McConnell further reaffirmed his commitment to the NRA, saying he would block any Supreme Court nominee who didn’t meet the approval of the gun rights group. McConnell said the NRA, which represents a little over 1.6% of the U.S. population -coincidentally- represents 100% of his constituents. “I believe I speak for the vast majority of Americans when I say we would all feel more comfortable having a [white] president who identifies with conservative American values decide our next Justice,” McConnell told Fox News.
Should a Democratic candidate win the election in November, Senator McConnell said Republicans are prepared to “buckle down for the long haul” and block every potential nominee until at least 2020 when the GOP has another opportunity to win the race for the White House. “It’s better to be short a Justice than run the risk of having a liberal interpreting constitutional law on behalf of the entire country,” McConnell said.
Meanwhile, President Obama, in an interview with NPR, said he finds it “puzzling” that Senator McConnell and other Republicans think the American people should decide the next Supreme Court Justice. “Well, in fact the American people did decide – back in 2012 when they elected me president of the United States with sufficient electoral votes,” President Obama said, adding that any future nominee he suggests will “of course” have to be approved by Planned Parenthood.