Sen. Ron Johnson Whines About Democratic Obstruction, Brags About Blocking Judge Merrick Garland
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin whined about Democratic obstruction, but also bragged about his part in the Republican obstruction of Judge Merrick Garland, whom President Obama nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.
Johnson made his hypocritical comments during an interview with Minnesota radio host Dan Ochsner, notes Right Wing Watch:
This resistance movement, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life… I disagreed with President Obama on virtually everything, and yet I voted to confirm his nominees. I did everything I could to work with President Obama to make this country more prosperous, safer, more secure.
That is what, as Americans, we should do, recognizing the enormity of the challenge of any president’s administration. So I’m just not getting this, this is just outside my historical experience, what’s happened since the day after President Trump’s inauguration.
Moments later, Johnson bragged about helping to obstruct Garland:
Well, you know, I always credit Leader McConnell with holding firm on Merrick Garland, not giving him a hearing, letting the American people decide the composition of the court.
As a matter of record, the American people have never decided who sat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Johnson was using ” letting the American people decide the composition of the court” as code for waiting until a Republican became president:
Now, there was a lot of criticism of Leader McConnell and senators like myself, you know, “Do your job,” and my response was, “I am doing my job, protecting your Second Amendment rights.”
So we had to make the decision back in 2016, do we hold a vote, do we allow the Supreme Court to flip—because it obviously would have flipped from five basically conservative judges, we got Kennedy as a swing vote, and four liberal activists, to five liberal activists.