By Duncan Smith
Democrats are hyperventilating and spewing hate and angst at President Trump and Senate Republicans, threatening to blow up the system and the Constitution if the commander-in-chief dares to nominate a successor to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The president has indicated that is precisely what he plans to do — imminent election notwithstanding.
Speaking of the Constitution, there is nothing in it that says presidents and the Senate cannot nominate and consider a new Supreme Court justice during election years.
Democrats know this. What’s more, President Trump’s supporters know for a fact that if the situation were reversed, Democrats would not hesitate to put another left-wing judicial activist on the nation’s highest court.
Along those lines, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) issued a pithy, very appropriate reminder to Dems why they should back the president’s eventual nominee.
You might say Cotton reminded them that their political futures may be at stake.
'In 2014, the American people elected a Republican majority to the Senate to put the brakes on President Obama's judicial nominations,' Cotton said during an interview on Fox News.
'In 2018, we had a referendum on this question, just a month before the 2018 midterms. We had the vote on Justice Kavanaugh. There could not have been a clearer mandate because the American people didn't just re-elect Republicans, they expanded our majority. They defeated four Democratic senators who voted against Justice Kavanaugh. They re-elected the one Democratic senator who did vote for Justice Kavanaugh.'
'So we have a clear mandate to perform our constitutional duty. That's what the Senate majority will do now. That's what we did back in 2016 as well,' Cotton continued. 'The Senate majority is performing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that the voters gave us in 2016 and especially in 2018.'
The Arkansas Republican later added that people should not 'discount Democratic votes either' in the upcoming hearings after President Donald Trump announces who he is nominating to the nation's highest court.
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