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President Donald Trump was up early this morning on Twitter as is custom and among other sometimes controversial expressions of his First Amendment rights on social media, called out U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and CNBC host Jim Cramer.
Trump posted a two-word response about an announcement that the Alaska Republican will be speaking on September 21 at a town hall sponsored the state’s chamber of commerce known as the Fall Forum.
“No thanks!” the president quipped.
Trump is not a fan of Murkowski, in part because the senator has vowed that she won’t vote for a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court until the next president is officially inaugurated. Murkowski is not up for reelection until 2022.
Murkowski’s colleague Susan Collins has also expressed reluctance to install a new justice before the election or in the post-election, lame-duck session of Congress.
Sen Lisa Murkowski said she will not vote on any Supreme Court nominee until after the inauguration https://t.co/htkj6l4nxP
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 19, 2020
Sen. Collins, whose term is up this year, has to thread the needle in the purple state of Maine to get reelected. Recall that her influential speech, however, is largely responsible for then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh getting confirmed to the high court in October 2018 after the smear campaign launched against him by the left. Murkowski voted no on Kavanaugh.
In the upcoming confirmation fight, assuming all Democrats vote against, which is likely, no more than three GOP senators could also vote no on a potential nomination in the coming weeks. Confirmation would still be possible in that scenario with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie after an expedited process.
Trump has said that it is the duty of his administration and the legislative branch to move forward on a nomination without delay. Indications are that Trump is likely to announce his pick next week. The front-runners are Judge Barbara Lagoa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
In response to criticism from the Democrats and the media, Republicans have noted that the so-called Biden rule, a.k.a. the McConnell rule, about judicial confirmations in an election year, doesn’t apply when the same political party controls the Senate and the White House.
With post-election challenges being likely, especially given issues surrounding mail-in voting without sufficient chain-of-custody measures, making sure that the court has its full complement of nine justices takes on even greater importance.
The president also chided the verbose Cramer for apologizing — after in a lame attempt at being clever — for referring to Nancy Pelosi by the Trump nickname “Crazy Nancy” during a live TV interview with the Democrat House Speaker.
“Jim, [too] late to take it back. Stay with the truth, no pandering!” Trump advised the purported financial guru on social media.
During the exchange with Pelosi, Cramer insisted that he had too much reverence for the office of the Speaker to ever use it himself but Pelosi quickly pointed out that he just did.
In a groveling manner, Cramer continued to walk back the use of the derisive nickname as the interview unfolded.
CNBC’s Jim Cramer can’t backtrack fast enough after calling Pelosi ‘Crazy Nancy’ to her face on live TV https://t.co/7vgRQzsIw3
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 15, 2020
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