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McConnell rejects claims of hypocrisy to Supreme court vote
The Senate majority leader says to ignore his critics, an important distinction when comparing Merrick Garland, McConnell’s promise to replace to the vote on President Trump’s pick, justice Kennedy.
Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell gushed on Thursday about his wife Elaine Chao, to confront demonstrators who tried the couple earlier this week in Washington.
“I loved it. It went viral on the Internet,” McConnell, R-Ky., Shannon Bream said on “Fox News @ Night.” “And I have a hard wife. I’m really proud of you.”
Chao, who is the Transport Secretary is, in fact, a viral video went appeared when you told a group of male protesters “leave my man alone”, outside of a Georgetown University event.
McConnell told Fox News that Chao had ignored his advice, they will just go out of the car, and decided instead to give them a piece of your head.
But he was apparently glad that she did.
video: @SecElaineChao told demonstrators to leave her husband, Mitch McConnell, alone. pic.twitter.com/9jj1AojRMM
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The confrontation came as the Republicans and Trump officials have been bothered to cross the activists, angry about the separation of families caught in the border. The separations were the result of a “zero-tolerance” justice, and the Department of policy, but was interrupted by an executive order last week.
White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen both were chased out of restaurants with the policies of the past week.
But safety concerns have been raised, even after the Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., they urged the activists to bully Trump officials in public.
McConnell said on Thursday, to demonstrate that people have the right, but threatening people “is, if you step over a line.”
“You see, you know, I’m a big believer in free speech, and sometimes what people say is not great,” he said. “I don’t think that bad behavior is a good way to convey your views. And I always think in the faces of the people in public and try not to make you uncomfortable is certainly a good way to sell your point of view.”
McConnell is currently in the spotlight over the time axis for the Senate to replace the confirmation of whoever trump picks retirement of Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy. McConnell is eyeing a Senate vote in the fall, but the Democrats have pointed objected to — to consider that McConnell refused to replace Merrick Garland, the then-President Barack Obama’s election, justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, with the argument that it should take place after the 2016 presidential elections.
“Mitch McConnell has set the rules,” sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-NY, said. “He said we will not allow a Supreme court justice in an election year. Well, what’s good for the goose good for the gander. We should not allow a justice in an election year.”
But McConnell shrugged off.
“You left an important word. What I said, in 2016, it is not that we have to fill a Supreme court vacancy in the middle of a presidential election year. The last time I looked, there is no presidential election this year,” McConnell said.
“And, in fact, three current members of the U.S. Supreme Court years have not been completed in the election, presidential election years. And the president’s nominee for the Kennedy center is confirmed in a non-presidential election year,” he added.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.