Democratic strategist says McConnell's comments on Supreme Court vacancy are 'a blessing'

Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright on Wednesday called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake' Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump TSA head rules himself out for top DHS job   MORE's (R-Ky.) comments that Republicans would fill a Supreme Court seat in 2020 if one became open a "blessing for Democrats."

"This is a blessing for Democrats," Seawright, who is president and CEO of Blueprint Strategy, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

"When we have the power again, we should ram and jam everything we need to because if this is the game they're going to play, we should play the same game," he continued.  

McConnell drew backlash from Democrats in 2016 when he refused to give then-President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, a vote or a hearing. 

His reversal on the issue ahead of 2020 garnered backlash from Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' Democrats vow to push for repeal of other Trump rules after loss on power plant rollback MORE (D-N.Y.), who called McConnell a "hypocrite." 

A spokesman for McConnell noted that both the Senate and White House will be controlled by Republicans in 2020, unlike 2016. 

— Julia Manchester