McConnell's 2013 Warning To Reid About Senate 'Nuclear Option' Returns To Haunt Dems
As news spread that United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire next month from the nation's highest court, liberals and Democrats were filled with gloom and doom on social media.
Many political commentators speculated about when President Trump might name his replacement pick for Justice Kennedy's seat. Some Democrats called for payback for the Republican block of President Obama's pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia near the end of his presidency, saying Trump should wait until after the midterm elections this fall to name his pick.
In the middle of all the speculation, a very pertinent video from 2013 returned. It was then Minority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican), warning then Majority Leader Henry Reid (Democrat) about the consequences of changing a rule in the U.S. Senate called the "nuclear option". Long story short, it means that Republicans need only 51 votes to stop any possible filibuster of Trump's pick.
That November, Senate Democrats used the nuclear option on Obama nominations. In April 2017, McConnell and Senate Republicans then used it to eliminate an exception for Supreme Court nominees to help Trump nominee Neal Gorsuch get confirmed.
In the video, McConnell is warning Reid and Democrats about using the "nuclear option" that was preserved on video and is now returning to haunt Democrats who hope to block Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
McConnell tells Reid and the Democrats simply, “You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think."
The video and quote started circulating on social media within an hour of Kennedy's retirement announcement.