‘No one has said it like that’: Sen. McCain on GOP’s ‘death wish’ to pass Kavanaugh
McCain on Tuesday took aim at President Donald Trump’s repeated attempts to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, calling the GOP’s “death wish” to get through to the vote “insane.”
“I have seen the President threaten to kill the filibuster.
I’ve seen the Republicans threatening to kill a filibuster.
And I’ve watched them do it before,” McCain said in an interview with The Hill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGraham attacks Trump over firing of FBI chief Trump calls for Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn Senate confirms Kavanaugh, another accuser MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that Trump is using “bizarre and dangerous” tactics to obstruct the Supreme and called on him to “put an end to it.”
“You have an insane person, Donald Trump, who wants to put a death wish on Brett Kavanaugh,” Graham said on MSNBC.
“And I’m not saying he’s right.
But I’m saying he doesn’t seem to be.
And it’s insane that the Republicans are doing this.”
The GOP is facing its first Democratic filibuster since 2006, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFBI reaches out to second Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez How the Trump tax law passed: The lobbying frenzy McConnell says Kavanaugh nomination moving forward as Trump approves FBI probe MORE (Ky.) has vowed to “fight back” against any Republican attempt to block the nomination.
Democrats have sought to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the midterm elections, arguing that he would be a swing vote in any future court battle.
But McConnell and GOP leaders say that the next Senate vote is only two months away and that it is critical that the nominee is confirmed on time.
They have also promised to use procedural tactics to ensure that any nomination that does not go through would be subject to the same type of judicial filibuster that stalled the nomination of Justice Clarence Thomas Clarence (Clarence) Clarence ThomasBiden: Democrats have to do better on guns to save their seats Senate GOP rejects bid to delay Rosenstein confirmation for one-year MORE in 2005.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that it was “very disturbing” that the GOP is using the “dishonest” and “insulting” tactic of delaying the nomination in the wake of the Supreme court confirmation.
“The Republicans have a habit of taking this ridiculous and dangerous approach to the confirmation process,” Blumenthal said.
“They’re doing it again, but they’re doing so on a very serious, very serious basis.
And they’re not going to stop now.
We’re not gonna stop.
We’ve got to do it.”
McCain, who has called the GOP obstruction of the judicial process “unacceptable,” said he is willing to help with the confirmation effort if it means the Senate would have a Supreme Court justice in the middle of the next presidential election.
He said he also is willing if Republicans have to work with Democrats to make changes to the filibuster rules.
“I’m willing to work.
I’ll be the first to say that,” McCain added.