CNN’s John Berman on Monday called out conservative Matt Schlapp for his complaint that only conservative Supreme Court nominees get treated poorly.
Citing a tweet over the weekend that claimed only conservative Supreme Court nominees get “mauled,” Berman pointed out that Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to even meet with Merrick Garland, whom former President Obama had nominated to the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Merrick Garland didn’t even get a hearing,” Berman said. “Merrick Garland was accused of being appointed by a Democrat, and that was enough to not get him a hearing, whereas Brett Kavanaugh is accused now, by two women, of sexual assault.”
Schlapp angrily complained that Garland was the only nominee that Republicans had ever spiked, whereas Democrats in the past successfully killed the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork in the 1980s.
Berman, however, countered that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch sailed through his confirmation and received Democratic votes, despite the fact that he had been the nominee who took what would have been Garland’s seat on the court.
“He was not the fifth vote!” complained Schlapp, referring to the fact that Gorsuch simply replaced hardline conservative Scalia, whereas Kavanaugh will replace swing vote Anthony Kennedy.
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