The Republican Party’s Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, says President Donald Trump must fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, contradicting his stand on the same issue four years ago.
But Senator McConnell (main picture, right) rejected allegations that he was being hypocritical.
“Some people claim I’m a hypocrite because in February 2016 when Justice Antonin Scalia died I argued that President Obama shouldn’t fill the seat but should leave it vacant for at least 11 months until a new President took office in January 2017 and could choose their own nominee to fill it,” he said.
“I am well aware that I am now advocating for President Trump to fill the current vacancy just weeks from an election after which a new President could conceivably take office.
“But you must understand that since 2016 several things have changed, and changed dramatically,” he said.
When reporters asked the six-term Senator from Kentucky to detail exactly what had changed, he didn’t miss a beat.
“Well for a start, Donald Trump won the White House in 2016,” he said.
When pressed for further details, Senator McConnell continued: “In addition to Donald Trump becoming President he also demanded that I swear unswerving loyalty to him no matter how badly he trashes any of the principles I may have once held.
“He asked for and, for the basest of political reasons, I have given my total and unquestioning support to an incompetent, bullying, boorish, simple-minded, and often racist President, as requested.”
Asked by reporters if he ever felt ashamed to have become such an empty, spineless, apologist for a dangerously unqualified President who had trashed all benchmarks of decency, Senator McConnell drew on an example for US political history.
“You know Lyndon Johnson as President would manipulate Congressmen all the time,” he said.
“He used to say about many a Congressman: ‘I have his pecker in my pocket.’
“Admittedly he was always speaking metaphorically, and I do acknowledge that while President Trump may not have my pecker in his pocket he does have my balls in a glass jar. Literally.”