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Lindsey Graham Slammed For Changing His Stance On Supreme Court Vacancies Despite Saying He Wouldn't

Lindsey Graham Slammed For Changing His Stance On Supreme Court Vacancies Despite Saying He Wouldn't
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In February of 2016, conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, leaving a vacancy in the Supreme Court eight months before the presidential election.

Then-President Barack Obama named Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to replace Scalia, but Senate Republicans—led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)—refused to even begin proceedings to confirm Garland. The reason given by Republicans is that it was too close to the election to allow the President his appointment.

Among those Republican Senators was Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who not only supported delaying the appointment, but said he would take the same position if it was a Republican President making the appointment.

Watch below.

At a Senate Judiciary hearing in 2016, Graham said:

"I want you to use my words against me. If there's a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say, 'Lindsey Graham said let's let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination' and you can use my words against me and you'll be absolutely right. We're setting a precedent, the Republicans are."

Graham reiterated this position in a 2018 interview.

Graham said:

"If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term and the primary process is started, we'll wait for the next election."

Graham's statements are being shared widely now after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GInsburg on Friday night. Ginsburg, a champion of women's rights throughout her career, issued a dying wish for no replacement to be named "until a new President is installed."

In a stunning display of hypocrisy, Graham is no longer holding himself to his own words.

Graham said in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren:

"Well, Merrick Garland was a different situation. You had the president of one party nominating, and you had the Senate in the hands of the other party. A situation where you've got them both would be different. I don't want to speculate, but I think appointing judges is a high priority for me in 2020."

This didn't fly with those intent on holding Graham accountable.

Graham is currently facing a competitive reelection campaign against Democratic South Carolina senate nominee Jaime Harrison.

People used Graham's hypocrisy as a call to show up for his opponent.

Harrison's campaign has reported a massive uptick in donations since the announcement of Ginsburg's death.