Mitch McConnell has confirmed that “if he were majority leader in 2024, he would likely block President Joe Biden from filling a Supreme Court seat if one opens up.”
According to McConnell, it is “highly unlikely” he would allow Biden to fill the seat in an election year because the last time a vacancy was filled when the Senate majority was opposite of the president was in the 1880s.
He argued the difference between this hypothetical nomination scenario and Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s to replace the deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020, an election year, is the Senate was the same party as the president at the time.
“I don’t think either party, if it controlled, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election,” said McConnell. “What was different in 2020 was we were of the same party as the president, and that’s why we went ahead with it.”
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