Poor Lindsey — even when he says the right thing he gets jeered.
When speaking at a town hall event in Charleston, South Carolina, Sen. Lindsey Graham announced his support for Judge Neil Gorsuch — and the South Carolina Republican promptly got booed for the effort.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 2, 2017
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“I’m going to vote for Judge Gorsuch [for the Supreme Court],” he told the crowd. “I think he’s a highly qualified man.”
When the audience responded with jeers, boos and a few cheers, Graham flashed a huge smile and gave a thumbs up gesture.
“I will vote for him because I cannot think of a better person a Republican president could have chosen,” he added.
The reason for the disapproval because clear when some of the participants shouted “Merrick Garland,” President Barack Obama’s 2016 choice for the high court. Garland’s name wasn’t even considered because he was nominated in a presidential election year.
“When I hear a Democrat complain about Merrick Garland … to me it’s like an arsonist complaining about a fire,” Graham responded.
He added that when former Justice Antonin Scalia died in February of 2016, the presidential election was already into high gear with “three primary elections in the books,” and “in a hundred years we’ve never had a vacancy filled in the last year of a president’s term.”
He also told the crowd that the Democratic Party prevented then-President George W. Bush from nominating a Supreme Court justice in 1992 — an election year — for the same reason, and this became known as “the Biden rule” after then-Sen. Joe Biden.
Graham had an answer to Democratic senators’ threat of filibustering the Gorsuch nomination. Current Senate rules would allow for filibuster on a vote of a Supreme Court nominee unless 60 senators vote against the filibuster. There are 52 GOP senators and so far only two Democrats said they would vote for Trump’s nominee.
“If I have to, I will vote to change the rules because I am not going to allow President Trump to be denied the same opportunity that every president has had for 200 years because you’re mad, and you can’t accept the outcome of an election,” Graham said.
Conservatives, for once, gave Graham their own thumbs up.
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@CNNPolitics The leftwing brown shirts are organized to shut down any GOP
town halls. These attacks on freedom of speech must end.
— gia scarlett (@giatny) April 3, 2017
@thehill Doubt that was a town hall full of his constituents…I smell a rat!
— R. Johnson (@bamarose911) April 3, 2017
@CNNPolitics Just shows Dems don’t care about anything but power and opposing repubs even if the candidate is great and will uphold the law.
— Rabblegamer (@RabbleTheGamer) April 3, 2017
@CNNPolitics SC is solidly GOP so you know these mobs are organized by
— gia scarlett (@giatny) April 3, 2017
But liberals were hot on Graham’s case, claiming the nomination was stolen from Obama.
@CNNPolitics Lindsey Graham is smart and reasonable enough to know that this SCOTUS seat is stolen. He’ll never admit it, but he knows.
— Jake Berlin (@jakoberlin) April 3, 2017
@CNNPolitics Politicians who support ANYTHING Trump does are in trouble next election. It’s that simple.
— BlueIsCoolrule (@Nate71795311) April 3, 2017
@CNNPolitics Maybe he will rethink it. Resist Neil For such. Trump should not appoint anyone in the last year of his presidency.
— Lorell Del Rio (@LorellLair) April 3, 2017
“Rethink it”? That’s not likely. If Graham votes “nay” on Gorsuch, he’ll become even more despised by conservatives than he is now.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Gorsuch would be confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court by Friday — one way or the other.
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