During an interview with Buzzfeed on Monday, President Obama urged Republicans who have reservations about presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, to hold a hearing and vote on his nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Obama nominated Garland two months ago to the day of the interview, and although several Republicans have gone against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and have met with the president’s nominee, they still have not agreed to hold a hearing or give him a vote. The president then pointed out to Republicans, especially those who still have serious concerns about Trump, that it may be in the best interest of the country to hurry up and vote on Garland instead of letting the bigoted billionaire choose his own nominee. (He’s got a point. I mean do we really want to risk ending up with former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke being nominated to the Supreme Court?)
Republicans are looking at a Republican nominee many of whom say isn’t qualified to be president much less appoint somebody, and it seems to me they’d be better off give a hearing and a vote to somebody that they themselves in the past have said is well-qualified, is fair, and to treat the Supreme Court with the seriousness and the sense that it’s beyond politics that it deserves.
Obama also said that he thinks perhaps the Supreme Court chose to kick a case regarding contraception back to a lower court on Monday because of the fact that Antonin Scalia’s seat is still vacant. “I won’t speculate as to why they punted, but my suspicion is if we had nine Supreme Court justices instead of eight there might have been a different outcome,” said the president.
The president then expressed dismay that it seems all but certain that Donald Trump will clinch the Republican nomination in Cleveland this July.
I think that our country’s better off when the Democratic nominee for presidency and the Republican nominee for the presidency are both qualified to be president and can be effective, because you never know what happens,” Obama said.
The president then added: “I’m a Democrat. I prefer Democratic policies, but I want a serious Republican Party and serious Republican nominees.
Obama then addressed the ongoing fight over transgender rights in the so-called “Bathroom Bills” that have been popping up across the country. The president spoke of his recent directive to public schools informing them that they could be subject to lawsuits and the loss of funding if they refuse to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker room facilities which best match their gender identity.
We’re talking about kids and anybody who’s been in school and in a high school, or who’s been a parent, I think should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority, kids who have a different sexual orientation or are transgender are subject to a lot of bullying, potentially, they are vulnerable,” the president said. “I think it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly and that our kids are all loved and that they’re protected and their dignity is affirmed.”
You can watch President Obama’s entire interview with Buzzfeed below:
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