White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is getting a raw deal ― and is willing to ignore history to support her case.
Sanders appeared on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday to lobby for the Senate to vote on Kavanaugh, who has become embroiled in allegations of sexual misconduct. Sanders claimed that previous nominees didn’t have a problem getting votes shortly after their hearings.
“The president wants this process to come to a vote because that’s what’s supposed to happen,” she said. “In every single one of these instances where someone is nominated, they go before, they have a hearing and then the senators vote on it.”
.@PressSec: “The president wants this process to come to a vote because that’s what’s supposed to happen in every single one of these instances where someone is nominated, they go before, they have a hearing, and then the senators vote on it.” @foxandfriendspic.twitter.com/w5vXOWdzqQ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 25, 2018
Of course, Sanders’ lament ignores the fact that Republicans denied a hearing and a vote to President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016. The GOP’s argument at the time was that since Obama only had one year left in office, the next president had a right to fill the court seat.
Twitter users, including at least one Libertarian congressional candidate, were happy to jog Sanders’ memory:
Ummm ... sorta walked into that one. The Senate certainly had the right to not confirm Garland (for any reason including purely political ones) but not giving him a hearing was yet another break with tradition and not a good one.
— Stevan Porter (@Porter4Us) September 25, 2018
Oh, like what the seditious @GOP did with say, Merrick Garland? Hypocrite much Sarah Sanders?
It’s staggering how the @GOP expects to be treated in ways it won’t treat others. You people have destroyed the concept of irony.
— Chris Pierdominici (@nhmtnbkr1) September 25, 2018
Hypocrisy much? #MerrickGarland never even received a hearing & he was a moderate judge. The seat sat empty for over 400 days. There's no reason why #Kavanaugh shouldn't be properly vetted. We owe it to our children to investigate these serious allegations & his records. pic.twitter.com/MW5udIE4jw
— StopHimNow (@Saintsfan5348) September 25, 2018
Really? So, what you are saying is denying a SCOTUS nominee and a President a hearing was wrong and inexcusable? And when we have allegations of sexual assault, we should suck it up and ram it through?
— Barry Walters (@barryinct) September 25, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.