Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other Senate Republicans blew off claims of hypocrisy amid the resurfacing of his previous contradictory remarks criticizing President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.
Although previous footage captured multiple Senate Republicans criticizing Obama for the same action they are taking now, they have defended and justified their attempt to do so now.
Graham took to Twitter on Sunday with a critical analogy of Democratic lawmakers’ scrutiny of Senate Republicans’ current stance.
“Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department,” Graham tweeted.
Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 20, 2020
As Graham referenced Democratic lawmakers’ handling of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh he insisted that “you reap what you sow.”
“Democrats chose to set in motion rules changes to stack the court at the Circuit level and they chose to try to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s life to keep the Supreme Court seat open. You reap what you sow,” he said.
Democrats chose to set in motion rules changes to stack the court at the Circuit level and they chose to try to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s life to keep the Supreme Court seat open.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 20, 2020
You reap what you sow.
Like Graham, multiple other Republican lawmakers are also in support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) vow to hold a vote on the Senate floor for President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee.
With less than 45 days until the general election, Republicans have been criticized for attempting to push a Supreme Court nominee through, in record time, before the upcoming election.
However, the vast majority of Republican senators have highlighted defenses to justify their support of appointing a new Supreme court justice.
“You don’t see any hypocrisy between that position then and this position now?” Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
The Republican lawmaker responded, “Chris, the Senate majority is performing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that the voters gave us.”
Trump has confirmed that he will likely announce the next Supreme Court nominee by Friday or Saturday of this week. McConnell has already vowed that the nominee will receive a vote on the Senate floor.