No surprise here: Senator John Thune supports Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s rank hypocrisy in planning to hold a vote on whomever Donald Trump nominates to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court less than two months before the Presidential election:
At least Senator Thune is admitting that he refused to carry out his Constitutional duty in 2016 by refusing to hold a vote on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the deceased Justice Antonin Scalia eight months before the Presidential election:
The American people deserve to have their voices heard on the nomination of the next Supreme Court justice, who could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court for a generation. Since the next presidential election is already underway, the next president should make this lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court [Senator John Thune, press release, 2016.03.16].
The Constitution and the voice of the people matter to John Thune, but only when they say what he wants to hear.
The Senator we get to replace this year, Mike Rounds, hasn’t yet waved his hypocrisy flag. Last night he simply tweeted “thoughts and prayers” for Justice Ginsburg’s family. But in 2016, like Thune, he shirked his Constitutional duty in 2016 and refused to consider the Garland nomination:
As a former governor, I respect the president’s responsibility to make a nomination. Today I met with Judge Garland as a courtesy. During our meeting, I thanked him for allowing the president to place his name in nomination. However, I believe that Justice Scalia’s replacement should be nominated by the next President of the United States [Senator Mike Rounds, press release, 2016.04.27].
But give him time; Rounds will get the memo and reverse his 2016 position soon enough, just like South Dakota’s other Senate hypocrite.