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Chuck Todd: GOP 'may fully pull that hypocrisy muscle' by confirming SCOTUS pick in election year

Chuck Todd: GOP 'may fully pull that hypocrisy muscle' by confirming SCOTUS pick in election year
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NBC's Chuck Todd said Wednesday that Senate Republicans “may fully pull that hypocrisy muscle” by confirming President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE’s nominee to the Supreme Court during an election year, after blocking former President Obama’s nominee in 2016 for the same reason.

“Will be interesting to see how some GOP senators rationalize the idea that it’s suddenly now ok to debate an open SCOTUS seat in an election year,” Todd tweeted Wednesday, after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. “They may fully pull that hypocrisy muscle.” 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRevs. Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested in protest urging Manchin to nix filibuster On The Money: Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but Democratic leaders hold out for more McConnell slams Biden for already 'caving' to left on infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) led the effort to block the nomination of Obama’s final Supreme Court pick Merrick GarlandMerrick Garland DOJ charges first Capitol rioters suspected of attacking media The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senators, White House to meet on potential infrastructure deal Biden emphasizes investment in police, communities to combat crime MORE in 2016, arguing that the seat opened up too late in Obama’s term and saying the “American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.”

Todd said that McConnell will have “to make the case that midterms matter less than presidentials” to confirm Trump’s nominee ahead of the midterm elections, adding that it “truly is an insult to voters.”

Trump said Wednesday that he will pick a nominee from a previously released list of candidates, and McConnell said the Senate will vote on Trump’s pick this fall.

Several Senate Democrats quickly pushed back against McConnell's announcement, calling it hypocritical and arguing that the chamber should wait until after the 2018 midterm elections to vote on any Supreme Court nominee.

Democrats cannot block Trump's forthcoming pick without help from Republicans, who hold a slim 51-seat majority in the Senate. Republicans went "nuclear" and got rid of a 60-vote procedural hurdle when they confirmed Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch.