Iowa voters say they will not vote for Chuck Grassley in November because of his handling of the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.
Up until now, Sen. Chuck Grassley has taken some hits from Democrats in his home state of Iowa for refusing to confirm Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.
Despite pressure from Democrats, Grassley is sticking stubbornly to his vow not to hold hearings or a confirmation vote on Garland before November’s elections. His argument, like many republicans, is that voters deserve to pick the person who will nominate the next high-court justice, ignoring that voters did just that in 2012 when they re-elected President Obama.
As chairman of the Judiciary panel that considers Supreme Court nominations, Grassley is largely responsible for deciding whether to hold confirmation hearings and is refusing to hold them–with seven months still left to go in Obama’s term.
To make matters worse, Grassley told the “Des Moines Register” that, while he sees the stall as a gamble and that it could mean Hillary Clinton would pick a nominee, he also “thinks Donald Trump – now the presumptive Republican nominee for president – would nominate the ‘right type of people’ to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Based upon the type of people he’d be looking for, I think I would expect the right type of people to be nominated by him to the Supreme Court.
Shortly following Grassley’s statement, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pounced, sending out a press statement on Thursday with a subject line that read, “Do GOP Senators Agree Trump Would Nominate ‘Right Type’ to Supreme Court?”
As vulnerable GOP incumbents and candidates continue to double down on their promise to support Donald Trump, the consequences of their refusal to do their jobs and fill the vacant Supreme Court seat have become crystal clear: Republicans want Trump to nominate the next Supreme Court justice. Apparently, that’s completely fine for Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley, who said he believes Trump would nominate the ‘right type’ of justice. That’s right, the leader of the Senate’s obstructionist strategy believes that the man who refused to condemn the KKK and argued for punishing women for getting abortions believes he will pick the ‘right type’ of justice.
But we have to wonder, do his fellow obstructionist Senators Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, and John McCain agree that the divisive misogynist Donald Trump will nominate the ‘right type’ of justice?
Grassley is obviously in over his head as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but has now actually expressed support for Donald Trump’s ability to pick a Supreme Court Justice.
Grassley’s own constituents don’t like the job he’s doing and many of them in this video by Moveon.org are former supporters, volunteers, and donors to his campaign. They’re taking courageous action by speaking up, calling him out, and making it clear to him that either he does his job now, or risk losing it in November.
Christine G., a woman who voted for Grassley says, “He should have followed the rules. Who would you expect to follow the rules more than Senator Grassley? But he’s failed us.”
And from a former campaign volunteer, “I have to say it’s one of the first elections that I can honestly say that I can’t vote for him.”
This is what happens when voters elect someone to do a job and watch as he snubs his nose at them.