Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell again boasted that he blocked former president Barack Obama from fulfilling his constitutional obligation to fill the late Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Kentucky Republican has previously crowed about refusing to hear the nomination of Merrick Garland and holding the seat open for nearly a year, until Donald Trump could nominate a conservative after his 2016 election.
"[It's] the single most consequential thing I've done in my time as majority leader of the Senate," McConnell told conservative broadcaster Hugh Hewitt on Monday.
The comment drew a strong reaction.
@johnkruzel @jordainc We’re living through an endless cycle of republican abuse of power and obstruction of justice… https://t.co/WeicaLisYH— Luke Zaleski (@Luke Zaleski) 1623680616.0
@mkraju He's saying, "Yes, I'm disgusting and darn proud of it." What a worm.— Denise O'Berry (@Denise O'Berry) 1623678743.0
@mkraju @LeaderMcConnell, beg to differ, "the single most consequential thing" you've done "as majority leader of t… https://t.co/L0yUpO8QwJ— Louis R. Bridgeman (@Louis R. Bridgeman) 1623679126.0
So much for bipartisanship. Dems, wake up. Moscow Mitch and the tyrannical GOP will not work with you https://t.co/TkLOZ8B32o— Harry J. Schiffman (@Harry J. Schiffman) 1623682537.0
@mkraju he's right. ending this democracy was absolutely the single most consequential thing he has done. (it also… https://t.co/GTLvbgRjNk— Tzippy Shmilovitz 🤦♀️ (@Tzippy Shmilovitz 🤦♀️) 1623679656.0
@mkraju He's correct, and it was a disgrace, a distortion of how the system should function. He knew it, and so di… https://t.co/uzgz2dTgD7— Syncopated Politics (@Syncopated Politics) 1623679320.0
@mkraju "I was the biggest asshole EVER, and they let me get away with it"...— Paul Rabin (@Paul Rabin) 1623678786.0
@mkraju He's not wrong. And if we don't do something to change the system he will again.— Sassy T (@Sassy T) 1623678826.0
@mkraju He’s not wrong. I’m pretty sure he finally broke the Senate as a functioning body by doing that. It was consequential.— sblawyer (@sblawyer) 1623678857.0
@mkraju Exactly-- that is where the end of our American democracy began -- when one man (McConnell) selfishly put h… https://t.co/Ncl3oXbDq0— RJ (@RJ) 1623681171.0
@mkraju He brags about that all the fucking time. When Republicans throw out Senate norms in their advantage they a… https://t.co/TumKqRQk2d— Goin 90 I ain't scary (@Goin 90 I ain't scary) 1623679074.0