(UnitedVoice.com) – In 2020, when Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) refused to support then-President Donald Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat. If Democrats thought his position would change just because Joe Biden is president, they were mistaken.
On Monday, February 14, Manchin told reporters that if another Supreme Court seat opens up in the weeks before the midterm elections, he would not vote to confirm. He said he isn’t going to “be hypocritical on that” referring to his 2020 position. The press immediately released his statement, causing a firestorm.
"Sen. Joe Manchin told reporters Monday that he would not support confirming another nominee to the Supreme Court right before the midterm elections and would prefer to wait until the country knows which party will control the Senate in 2023."https://t.co/iEf1M2P80R
— The Article III Project (A3P) (@Article3Project) February 15, 2022
Later that night, the senator walked back his statement, saying he wasn’t talking about the midterms but instead meant to say the 2024 general election. In 2020, he claimed rushing a SCOTUS nominee through weeks before the election would further divide the nation.
Manchin has a reputation for opposing his Democratic colleagues. He almost single-handedly killed Biden’s Build Back Better plan. He has made it crystal clear he doesn’t plan to support his party just because they want him to toe the line, no matter if they want him to pass a bill or push a Supreme Court nominee.
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