Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday he will "support President Trump in any effort to move forward regarding the recent vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ginsburg" after some speculation that he might not do so.
Graham cited two moments in the past decade that have "changed the rules" of Senate and judicial confirmations:
- In 2013, Harry Reid led the Democrats to use the so-called "nuclear option" which ruled out the use of the filibuster on presidential nominees, except for the U.S. Supreme Court. This meant the Senate would no longer need a super majority (60%) to confirm a nominee. Now, the Senate only needs a "simple majority" (51%), as Graham put it.
- In 2018, Brett Kavanaugh faced sexual assault allegations, enduring intense scrutiny from Democrat politicians and liberal media, before his eventual confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.
? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday, "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."
Senator Ted Cruz also said on Friday, "we risk a constitutional crisis" if the vacant Supreme Court seat is not filled before the election.
President Trump said on Saturday he and Republican party have the "obligation" to select a Supreme Court Justice "without delay!"