Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is under fire for his latest remarks about the Democrats ahead of the 2020 presidential election. McConnell tweeted a video of himself speaking on the United States Senate floor on Saturday, where he defended President Donald Trump's rhetoric about the "illegitimate" election results. He claimed that Democrats were hypocrites for using the same language about the Supreme Court nomination, but critics disagreed.
McConnell has been heavily criticized for his handling of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — and for his court appointments throughout his career in general. In February of 2016, McConnell claimed that it was too close to an election to vote on then-President Barack Obama's new Supreme Court nomination. However, this year McConnell is rushing to confirm Trump's nomination less than two months before the election. Not only does McConnell deny any hypocrisy in this move, he now claims that his political opponents are the ones being hypocrites.
Democrats cannot use “illegitimate” as a synonym for “we didn’t get our way.”
Democrats keep demanding the President repeat that the election will be valid even if he dislikes the outcome. But they're flunking that test badly with Judge Barrett's nomination. pic.twitter.com/Lvf0DtlA6Y— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 24, 2020
In the process of defending his behavior around the Supreme Court appointment, McConnell also seemed to defend the president's dangerous claims that the presidential election itself will be fraudulent this year. Trump has repeatedly contradicted election experts and definitive studies which show that absentee voting is safe and fair, insisting that the election will not be legitimate if he loses.
McConnell and Trump have been drifting apart on some policy issues lately, so critics were surprised to hear McConnell seemingly defending Trump's conspiracy theories about the election this weekend. Here is a look at how Twitter responded.
'Changing the Rules'
NO! Illegitimate means blocking 100s of Obama's nominees, then changing the rules to fastrack 100s of trump's nominees. Blocking Garland NINE MONTHS BEFORE AN ELECTION & then voting for Barrett ONE WEEK BEFORE AN ELECTION & doing it with only 51 votes!— HowEasyWeForget ¸¸♫·¯·♪¸¸♩·¯·♬¸¸ (@howeasyweforget) October 24, 2020
Many critics said that McConnell was only "playing by the rules" because he himself changed those rules. Before 2016, there was no law or even precedent for postponing a Supreme Court nomination just because an election was coming up. However, in 2020 there was a precedent — set my McConnell himself — which he ignored.prevnext
What is wrong with you? pic.twitter.com/MhYSRdnAWr— Soviet Sergey (@SovietSergey) October 24, 2020
The more you lie, the more your skin is rotting off your body. https://t.co/9veGTcehpH— Devin Nunes Mom (@NotDevinsMom) October 24, 2020
Meanwhile, many commenters were still preoccupied with the recent signs of bruising or other ailments that McConnell has shown. The senator has refused to comment on the injuries, some of which look concerning.prevnext
Vote @AmyMcGrathKY and rid of us of Moscow Mitch the partisan hack. He keeps stonewalling the stimulus package in favor of his own agenda! He needs to go! His wife is the secretary of transportation! She got money from the last stimulus package.The PPP program! Criminals! https://t.co/MdkALOTnDI— Bayou Woman🌊🌈🗽🎗😷 (@TheMsKaye) October 25, 2020
With the election approaching, it is no surprise that many viewers used McConnell's latest tweet to promote candidates running against him for his senate seat. Most supported retired U.S. Marine Amy McGrath, who is running against McConnell as a registered Democrat.prevnext
Trump will not be able to say illegitimate when He Loses https://t.co/NpdWdVcglc— ann (@938boomer) October 24, 2020
Some users joked about McConnell's use of the word "illegitimate," which they predicted Trump would not say himself. The president draws on a small arsenal of adjectives and adverbs, unlike McConnell and other politicians.prevnext
Democrats deserve to get back the 9 months you stole from them. https://t.co/PetDnHv9Mf— Keith Baumann (@kdbaumann111) October 24, 2020
But Republicans can steal elections, take money from foreign governments for favors, refuse to bass bill's that Democrats have passed in the House and herd people in a deadly pandemic.— Sonya (@SonyaBaker2) October 24, 2020
Some viewers accepted McConnell's assessment that Democrats were acting out of self-interest, and they were okay with that. Some argued that the Senate should be able to confirm a Supreme Court justice even this close to an election, yet they still believed that McConnell himself should not be able to do so since he filibustered for nine months in 2016.prevnext
Remember this, old man. Because expanding the court is a legitimate option. You are setting the precedent that those in power should do anything and everything they can get away with.— Linda Lotspeich (@llotspeich) October 24, 2020
If Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, one option Democrats may take is to simply expand the court and appoint liberal-leaning judges, in order to balance the bench. Many Americans warned McConnell that he could not complain about such a measure, since he is setting a "precedent" that politicians can do anything in their power to achieve their partisan ends.prevnext
If he loses and refuses to leave office, the American people will forcibly remove him. Then you, then anyone else who commits treason against our electoral process. You can bet on that Turtle.— Trumpster Fire (@thedarknutt) October 24, 2020
Finally, some users predicted that if Trump does call the election results illegitimate and refuse to leave, he will be charged with treason for his failure to acknowledge and abide by the laws of the land. If that happened, they argued, McConnell would also be counted as a co-conspirator.prev