“I can’t help the affirmation of any Supreme Court docket justice nominee, no matter who it is likely to be. I can’t help that nominee earlier than the end result of the November Three election has been decided,” stated Jones throughout a Fb livestream.
“We must always not pressure the nation right into a brutal and divisive partisan struggle to substantiate a Supreme Court docket justice … whereas Individuals are already voting to decide on their subsequent president,” Jones added.
Jones criticized Trump and Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell for what he described as dashing a nomination to interchange the late Supreme Court docket Justice Ruth Ginsburg, who died every week in the past, calling the nomination course of a “blatant political energy seize.” McConnell introduced hours after Ginsburg’s demise that he’ll maintain a vote on Trump’s nominee on the Senate ground, and a number of other high-profile Republicans — together with Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — have dedicated to holding a Senate vote earlier than Election Day, November 3.
Jones added: “Energy grabs are usually not unusual in our political system, however few are accompanied by such blatant hypocrisy,” a reference to how McConnell refused to advance the nomination of then-President Barack Obama’s judicial decide Merrick Garland in 2016.
“This new effort by Senator McConnell will likely be a tear within the material of our authorities that could be irreparable,” he stated.
McConnell doesn’t seem to want the help of any Democrats to advance the nomination. As Republicans maintain 53 seats, the bulk chief can lose three and nonetheless verify the nominee with a 50-50 tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. To this point solely two GOP senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have stated they will oppose advancing Trump’s nominee forward of Election Day.
Jones stated it is grow to be clear his hope for a few of his Republican colleagues to face up “will likely be dashed,” acknowledging nevertheless the resistance from Murkowski and Collins.
“There are already sufficient dedicated Republicans to substantiate President Trump’s nominee, no matter who it’ll be … The end result is baked in, and it’ll occur within the latter a part of October,” he stated.
A reasonable Democrat in one of many hardest reelection fights this cycle, Jones stated that whereas his vote on Trump’s nominee is not going to have an effect on the end result, it is not going to be inconsequential.