In a Thursday morning interview with Morning Mess, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said point blank that conservatives would not block a Supreme Court nomination from a Republican president the way they are currently doing with President Obama.
The host of the Wisconsin radio show asked Johnson if he thought things would be different if Mitt Romney were commander in chief rather than Obama.
It’s a different situation,” Johnson said. “Generally, and this is the way it works out politically, if you’re replacing — if a conservative president’s replacing a conservative justice, there’s a little more accommodation to it.
But when you’re talking about a conservative justice now being replaced by a liberal president who would literally flip the court — you know, let’s face it, I don’t think anybody’s under any illusion — President Obama’s nominee would flip the court from a 5-4 conservative to a 5-4 liberal controlled court,” the senator continued. “And that’s the concern, is that our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, our First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty, will be threatened. And so it’s an incredibly serious moment in terms of what’s the composition of the court going to be.”
Johnson then repeated the words that have become the mantra of the GOP since the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: The nomination of a new justice should wait until after the election.
Let the American people decide. It’s a very reasonable, I think probably the fairest thing to do.
After the show, Brian Reising, the campaign’s communications director, provided the following statement to elaborate on Johnson’s comments:
Ron has been clear from the beginning that we should let the American people decide. Ron did not say what the Senate would or would not do under a hypothetical situation …
Republicans are seemingly oblivious to the fact the people did decide. They decided when they elected President Obama in 2012. After seven years it is time for conservatives to come to terms with that fact and do their damn jobs.
Listen to Johnson’s comments on Morning Mess here, via liberal opposition shop American Bridge:
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