Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said efforts by the majority of Americans to stop the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this weekend won’t work.
“What I’ve said from the beginning is we will push forward with our vote no matter what most Americans say they want,” McConnell said this morning.
McConnell pointed to widespread protests, heckling of lawmakers, and letters by legal, academic, religious, and civic organizations as a clear indication the nominee is unacceptable to most Americans and to key institutions. He said he expects a 51-49 or 51-50 vote (with the vice president acting as tie-breaker) in favor of the nominee to put the matter to rest. “The vote will show we are acting on the behalf of some of the American people,” he said.
Polls show most Americans don’t support the nominee. They view him as too conservative and partisan and also lacking in judicial temperament. They also cite unanswered questions about whether he sexually assaulted women when he was younger. An FBI investigation into one of the assault allegations has been criticized as too limited to provide new information on the allegation.
“If most Americans think they can ramrod us into not voting for the nominee that some Americans back, then most Americans are in for a surprise,” he said. “We won’t let most Americans tell us what to do.”
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