Amid speculation over the health of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is recovering from surgery to treat early-stage lung cancer, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday he is “hell-bent” on filling the next vacancy with a conservative justice.
Graham, appointed chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the new Congress, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to boldly declare that Democrats can expect more of their own medicine.
“My Democratic colleagues felt when they were in charge we should confirm judges by a majority vote,” Graham said. “They changed the rules to accommodate President Obama. They tried to stack the court. They never thought [Hillary] Clinton would lose. So what you’re gonna have is Harry Reid’s and Chuck Schumer’s desire to stack the court on their Democratic watch has come back to haunt them.”
Now that sounds like Graham 2.0, who saw a resurgence in popularity after leading the charge in fighting back against Democratic senators who launched a despicable last-minute campaign of character assassination against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Ginsburg, 85, was absent from oral arguments last week for the first time ever and this prompted plenty of talk about a possible departure.
“If there is an opening, whether it’s Ginsburg or anybody else, I will urge the president to nominate a qualified conservative and hopefully those people will get through – that person will get through,” Graham told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “And I expect it to be along party lines, and this is what happens when you change the rules.
“This has come back to bite ’em. I predicted it would,” he continued. “And we’ll see. I hope Justice Ginsburg serves for a long time. But if there’s an opening on this court, I’m going to be hell-bent to put a conservative to replace whoever steps down for whatever reason.”
Wallace noted how liberal a justice Ginsburg is to ask about trying to replace her with a conservative.
“They should’ve thought of that before they changed the rules,” Graham responded. “They tried to destroy conservative judges. I voted for [Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan, understanding what I was getting, so this decision by Reid and Schumer may come back to haunt them, but I am dead set on making sure it is a conservative nominee.
The Republican lawmaker reminded Wallace that “elections have consequences” as it was clear the sting of what was done to Justice Kavanaugh is still fresh on minds.
“The rules of the Senate were changed not by me, by them, and we had to do it on the Supreme Court because they would not give us any votes to nominate anybody. And Kavanaugh was a fine man — they tried to destroy him. All this is going to come back to haunt them one day,” Graham said.
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