Mitch McConnell said on Monday that if the GOP regained control of the Senate in 2022, he would apply the same rule he made up in 2016 over the replacement of Justice Scalia that prevented Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
McConnell made the remarks during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt.
“The court and the Constitution would be in quicksand up to its neck if you had not taken the position you took five years ago and we do not have the court that we do today, where we’re looking forward and not in fear at decisions this year and next,” Hewitt told the Senate minority leader.
“I do think the issue you raised is the single most consequential thing that I’ve done in my time as majority leader in the Senate,” McConnell explained.
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens,” McConnell said, asked by Hewitt if the nominee would get a fair shot if a justice stepped down in mid-2023 with a GOP controlled Senate.