Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
It’s no secret Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is obsessed with judges. He’s called the decision not to fill a Supreme Court vacancy under former President Barack Obama “the most consequential decision I’ve ever made in my entire public career” and declared the judiciary his “top priority” in the Senate. And on Tuesday, following a series of Supreme Court rulings that sided with the Trump administration, he straight-up gloated about his judicial heist.
To review: in March 2016, McConnell cited “principle” as the motivating factor in his refusal to take action on Merrick Garland, whom Obama had nominated to the Supreme Court after the death of Antonin Scalia. The decision was so integral in the appointment of Neil Gorsuch that the president thanked McConnell during Gorsuch’s swearing-in ceremony for “all he did to make this achievement possible”
Tuesday, after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trump’s travel ban—deciding, in essence, that Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric has no bearing on his executive order—McConnell’s team took to Twitter to boast about the ruling.
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) June 26, 2018
Trump also weighed in on the Supreme Court ruling, calling it “a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and the Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.”
Read his full statement below:
Trump statement on his travel ban victory: “This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.” pic.twitter.com/h9rJZnou4u
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 26, 2018
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