Trump Derangement Syndrome continues to thrive in the Democrat Party. On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Or., called Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to replace former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, “illegitimate,” and declared the seat was “stolen.”
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) March 20, 2017
Naturally, he was questioned about his claim:
"Stolen" how? Please explain using your limited vocabulary.
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) March 21, 2017
Good question — but don’t expect a good answer. According to liberal Trump-haters, the seat was “stolen” because Republicans refused to hand it over to Obama’s original pick.
"Stolen"? Not unusual for Senate to ignore election year SCOTUS nominations. Would have been voted down anyway.
— Crosspatch (@VictorB123) March 21, 2017
But that would imply that the Oregon Democrat would rely on something called precedent.
What this Twitter user refers to is something called the “Biden rule.” What’s that, you ask? Well, according to the New York Times (hardly a conservative outlet):
As a senator more than two decades ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. argued that President George Bush should delay filling a Supreme Court vacancy, should one arise, until the presidential election was over, and that it was “essential” that the Senate refuse to confirm a nominee to the court until then.
The Times report adds:
But in a speech on the Senate floor in June 1992, Mr. Biden, then the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said there should be a different standard for a Supreme Court vacancy “that would occur in the full throes of an election year.” The president should follow the example of “a majority of his predecessors” and delay naming a replacement, Mr. Biden said. If he goes forward before then, the Senate should wait to consider the nomination.
“Some will criticize such a decision and say that it was nothing more than an attempt to save a seat on the court in hopes that a Democrat will be permitted to fill it, but that would not be our intention,” Mr. Biden said at the time. “It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is underway, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.
But as we all know, there are two standards — one for a Republican and another for a Democrat. And let’s not forget that Gorsuch was unanimously approved for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals back in 2006. That means Democrats voted for him also.
So what’s happened since then? That’s easy. Donald Trump had the audacicy to win his election in November, and Democrats only care about one thing — hurting the current president.
Neil Boortz summed it all up rather well:
.@SenJeffMerkley You, honorable sir, are an idiot. But then you are a Democrat ..: so …. carry on.
— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) March 21, 2017
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- Story that Gorsuch was leader of ‘Fascism Forever’ club debunked as ‘false’
- Gorsuch denies criticizing Trump
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