Twitter customers referred to as out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday over an simply debunked declare he made about Republicans and the Supreme Court.
During a press convention to induce President Joe Biden to reject any try and broaden the Supreme Court, Cruz mentioned:
Critics have been fast to level out that in 2016, Senate Republicans, led by then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, blocked then-President Barack Obama’s appointment of Merrick Garland to a Supreme Court seat for nearly a yr. At the time, Republicans claimed that an open court docket seat couldn’t be stuffed in an election yr.
After Donald Trump received the 2016 election, Garland’s nomination died. Senate Republicans then nixed the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in 2017 to substantiate Neil Gorsuch as an alternative, the primary of three Trump appointments to the court docket.
In 2020, when Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died simply weeks earlier than the election, Senate Republicans forgot the McConnell Rule about conserving such seats open and rushed to substantiate Amy Coney Barrett to the court docket.
Given these very latest occasions, Cruz’s critics weren’t shopping for his declare that Republicans hadn’t rigged the system to stack the court docket:
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