Rachel Maddow beat up Donald Trump and his Republican loyalists Monday night for killing the independence of the United States Supreme Court in a single presidential term.
The MSNBC host said Trump tore all three Supreme Court appointments, effectively turning the court into another political body with no credibility.
"In less than four years in President Trump's office, Mitch McConnell has President Trump confirming two Supreme Court candidates tonight and a third one tonight," Maddow said. "In both cases, Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, they were both sworn in in the White House, in lavish White House ceremonies watched by the President himself from a few inches away."
"The president made sure he was there for every shot, including the money shot with one hand on top of the Bible and the other hand in the air," she added. "This is not exactly a big signal for the independence and apolitical character of the judiciary."
According to Rachel Maddow, Donald Trump and his Republican makers effectively killed the concept of an apolitical, independent Supreme Court. #maddow pic.twitter.com/io2GJvBzWn
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In less than four years in office of President Trump, Mitch McConnell had President Trump ratified two Supreme Court candidates before tonight and a third tonight. The post created by Justice Scalia's death was created during President Obama's tenure, but Senator McConnell did not allow President Obama to fill that seat. Instead, he kept it open until Trump got there. That was the first opening. They then brokered the second opening, the resignation of Justice Kennedy to fill another position for Trump. And in both cases, Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, they were both sworn in at the White House, in lavish White House ceremonies monitored by the President himself from a few inches away. The president made sure he was there every shot, including the cash shot with one hand on top of the Bible and the other hand in the air. Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh swore in the White House at grand, lavish events marked by the presence of the President and much chest pounding from the Republican crowd, who were invited to cheer. Well, that president also had a third Supreme Court nomination drawn up for him by Senator Mitch McConnell after the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, although this was very close to the election and McConnell reportedly had a standard that there is no vote on should new Supreme Court justices in election years. Even so, he rushed to win Amy Coney Barrett as the third Trump nomination. And tonight, when Amy Coney Barrett rushed through the process in record lightning speed, nominated, forced through the verification process like a hot knife through butter, which was voted on tonight – the vote was 52-48. Only one Republican senator is on the side of the Democrats against them. They were all Republican votes for them. Tonight, after that vote, Amy Coney Barrett will be sworn in naturally in the White House, presumably with Donald Trump floating about an inch away, because who are we kidding? This is not meant to be a big signal for the independence and apolitical character of the judiciary.
On Monday night, Senate Republicans voted to have Amy Coney Barrett sustained in the US Supreme Court.
Voters have the option to make Trump pay for GOP
For all of the questions Joe Biden and other Democrats have asked about whether they would expand the Supreme Court, Donald Trump and the Republicans have gripped the judiciary for the past four years.
The GOP not only got it, but completely undermined the idea of an apolitical, independent court. You have made the Supreme Court an obvious political entity that will pursue the GOP's attack on health care, women's rights, gay rights, voting rights and more.
Donald Trump and his Republican Senate lap dogs have tainted the Supreme Court in ways that have not been undone for generations. In just eight days, voters will have the option to make them pay.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.