At a Democratic party fundraiser in Colorado, pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demanded that Republicans approve whichever nominee President Barack Obama makes to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. She said republicans should stop threatening not to vote on a nominee because Obama is the president, “whether they like it or not.”
Clinton, the first to speak, said her “thoughts and prayers” were with the Scalia family, but she was quick to add, “It is outrageous that Republicans in the Senate and on the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that President Obama nominates.”
She added, “Now I’m sure we’ll all have a lot more to say about this in the coming days, so let me just make one point: Barack Obama is president of the United States until January 20, 2017. That is a fact, my friends, whether the Republicans like it or not.”
During the event, pro-abortion candidate Bernie Sanders agreed:
“It appears that some of my Republican colleagues in the Senate have a very interesting view of the Constitution of the United States,” he told the crowd. “Apparently, they believe that the Constitution does not allow a Democratic president to bring forth a nominee to replace Justice Scalia. I strongly disagree with that.”
He added, “The Supreme Court of the United States has nine members, not eight. We need that ninth member.”
“[Republicans] hate the federal government, except when it comes to the right of a woman to make a very personal decision,” he said. “In that case, they just love the federal government telling every woman in America what she can do with her own body.”
Yesterday, President Barack Obama respond to promises by Senate Republicans to not allow a vote o his nominee to replace recently-deceased pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia. Obama doesn’t care about the fact that he filibustered Justice Samuel Alito’s nomination in an attempt to prevent the Senate from voting to confirm him, he demanded that Republicans allow a vote on his nominee.
After Scalia’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will not take up a vote on a replacement for deceased pro-life Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the presidential election.
Such a promise prevents pro-abortion President Barack Obama from selecting a third pro-abortion Supreme Court justice to follow Sonia Sotomayor and Elana Kagan, both of whom are thoroughly committed to unlimited abortions and upholding Roe v. Wade.
Democrats will undoubtedly push for the nomination and a confirmation vote for a new left-wing judge.
“The President can and should send the Senate a nominee right away,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Twitter. “The Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible.”
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee took a similar line.
“I hope that no one will use this sad news to suggest that the President or the Senate should not perform its constitutional duty,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Saturday. “The American people deserve to have a full functioning Supreme Court.The Supreme Court of the United States is too important to our democracy for it to be understaffed for partisan reasons. It is only February. The President and the Senate should get to work without delay to nominate, consider and confirm the next justice to serve on the Supreme Court.”
Leading pro-life advocates agree the Senate should not vote on Scalia’s replacement until after a new president has been selected.
Americans United for Life PresidentCharmaine Yoest told LifeNews, “His loss is tragic, and we hope that when it comes time for the Senate to vote on his replacement, that a worthy successor who can pick up his banner can be found after the election.”
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel: “With the passing of Justice Scalia, the future of the High Court and the future of America is hanging in the balance. The Senate must not confirm any nominee to the Supreme Court from President Obama. The Senate must hold off any confirmation until the next President is seated. Unfortunately the presidential debates have been more theater and less substance about the real issues surrounding the Supreme Court. The election of the next President has now taken on even greater importance. The future of the Supreme Court and America now depends on the Senate blocking any nominee by President Obama and the people electing the right person to occupy the White House.”
One of the names being bandied about today by experts on the high court is pro-abortion Attorney General Loretta Lynch.