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BY: Haris Alic
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) appeared fuzzy Wednesday on where he stood on the potential confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee from President Donald Trump, contradicting himself over issues surrounding the vacancy caused by Justice Anthony Kennedy's impending resignation.
Kennedy - Intentions - Rumors - Republicans - Congress
Shortly after Kennedy announced his intentions, rumors began to swirl that Republicans in Congress would confirm a replacement before the November midterm elections. Sanders took to social media to make it known he opposed seating a new justice before "American people" have the chance to make "their voices heard at the ballot box."
The self-described Democratic socialist cited arguments Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) made in 2016 when refusing to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's nomination of U.S. appellate court judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia. At the time, McConnell asserted that since the vacancy occurred in the midst of a presidential election, Congress had a duty to refrain from voting on the nomination until the American people had their "say" on the issue.
Sen - McConnell - Sanders - President - Trump
"We should listen to what Sen. McConnell said in 2016," Sanders tweeted. "President Trump should not nominate, and the Senate should not confirm, a Supreme Court justice until the American people have had the opportunity to make their voices heard in November."
Sanders' tweet seemed to directly contradict the stance he took on the Garland nomination.
March - Sanders - Statement - Response - McConnell
In March 2016, Sanders released a statement in response to McConnell's refusal, in which he declared "refusing to hold hearings" on a Supreme Court nominee would be "unprecedented."
"Refusing to hold hearings on the president’s nominee would be unprecedented," Sanders said at the time.
Senator - Colleagues - Obama - Lead - Jobs
The senator also implored his Republican colleagues to follow Obama's lead and do their jobs by holding confirmation hearings.
"President Obama has done his job. It’s time for Republicans to do theirs," Sanders said. "I call on...
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