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Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat known for defending left-wing extremists, has threatened “consequences” if Republicans abide by the U.S. Constitution and hold hearings for President Donald Trump’s expected Supreme Court nominee.
She issued the threat while speaking Thursday with CNN’s Pamela Brown about how a conservative-leaning Supreme Court might gut Obamacare.
“[T]he president has long been against the Affordable Care Act, which provides health care to millions of people, including 100 million people with preexisting conditions. That has been on the top of his hit list for a — well, ever since he got elected,” she said.
“And then it’s also been on the hit list for the Republicans. So now they have a chance, with this Supreme Court nominee, to put somebody in there who will strike down the Affordable Care Act.”
She then complained about the Democrat-manufactured “McConnell rule” (that doesn’t actually exist), spurring Brown into asking her if there’s “anything, given your views on this, that you can do” to stop the Republicans.
“Oh, one of the biggest things I’m doing is to lend my voice to alert the American people that their health care is at jeopardy, and they should rise up and say, wait a minute, this whole Supreme Court nomination process shouldn’t even be happening right now,” Hirono replied.
“Republicans should stick with their word. That is what I am doing. You know what? I tell you, I have faith in the American people that, when they figure out that their health care is in jeopardy with this nominee, and they can stop that by one, raising their voices, one hopes that even Republicans, they will listen to their constituents.”
She then ominously added, “But, if not, then we will have a situation where they will ram through a nominee and steal two Supreme Court seats, so that the president and the Republicans can get their way. And I should say — think that there will be consequences.”
What sort of consequences, Mrs. Hirono?
Of course, Brown never asked Hirono to clarify. Instead, she moved on to asking the senator what she has to say to Republicans like Sen. Mitt Romney.
As of Friday morning, no clarification had been forthcoming, though perhaps one wasn’t even needed in view of all the explicit threats that have already been issued.
After news of Ginsburg’s passing broke last Friday, numerous high-profile liberal Democrats figures — including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — began issuing threats, some of them political in nature, and others outright criminal.
The political ones pertained to actions the Democrats have threatened to take if they reacquire the Senate come November, i.e., abolish the filibuster, pack the high court, etc.
“Let me be clear: If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year,” Schumer reportedly said during a Democrat Caucus call last Saturday.
Except there’s no guarantee Democrats will re-take the Senate. In fact, current polling data shows Republicans ahead:
Other top Democrats have nevertheless echoed Schumer’s call.
If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame duck session—before a new Senate and President can take office—then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court. 1/2 https://t.co/BDYQ0KVmJe
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) September 19, 2020
Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.
— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) September 19, 2020
If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021.
It’s that simple.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 19, 2020
If Republicans recklessly & reprehensibly force a SCOTUS vote before the election—nothing is off the table.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) September 19, 2020
Undergirding all these threats again is the hubristic determination that the Senate is fated to fall back into the hands of the Democrats.
It’s a determination that it seems far-left media have also adopted.
“Democrats have only one play here: If Trump and McConnell jam an appointee through, it is not enough for Democrats to raise hell about the hypocrisy, the duplicity and the Republican refusal to play by McConnell’s own rules. … So Democrats should threaten to pack the court. And, if McConnell pushes through a new justice and then Joe Biden wins, they should follow through,” a Washington Post column reads
“One way for Democrats to make clear they will not tolerate Republicans trying to fill this seat in advance of the election would be for them to pledge that, if they take the White House and Senate in November, they will increase the size of the Supreme Court to 13 justices,” a Los Angeles Times column adds.
Keep in mind these are the “nice” threats.” The not-so-“nice” ones have called for violent rioting and the burning down of the system — and FYI, some of them have also emanated from the media:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 19, 2020
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