A 2016 video of Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks MORE (R-S.C) saying the Supreme Court should never be filled in an election year went viral this weekend following the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSecond gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House Former colleagues honor Reid in ceremony at Capitol Congressional Progressive Caucus backs measure to expand Supreme Court MORE.
At the time, the senator said he was against picking a justice right before a presidential election, stating that if then-candidate Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) were president and a vacancy were left at the end of the their first term, the choice should be left to the winner of the next election.
"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," he said four years ago when arguing against then-President Obama's nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandMellman: Voting rights or the filibuster? A new Bureau of Prisons director gives administration a chance to live up to promises Lawmakers coming under increased threats — sometimes from one another MORE.
Graham's prior statement contradicts his swift jump to support President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE's goal to approve a nominee for Ginsburg's spot this year.
"In light of these two events, I will support President @realDonaldTrump in any effort to move forward regarding the recent vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ginsburg," Graham penned on Saturday, as Democrats such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown DACA highlights pitfalls of legalization schemes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote MORE (N.Y.) and Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzThe Hill's 12:30 Report: More of Biden's agenda teeters on collapse The Hill's Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin Senate to take up voting rights bill Tuesday, missing Schumer deadline MORE (Hawaii) called him out over hypocrisy.
In light of these two events, I will support President @realDonaldTrump in any effort to move forward regarding the recent vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ginsburg.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 19, 2020
The video of Graham quickly went viral on Saturday, the day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Mellman: Voting rights or the filibuster? Budowsky: To Dems: Run against the do-nothing GOP, Senate MORE (R-Ky.) announced that he would bring President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court vacancy to a vote in the upper chamber.
Democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko condemned McConnell and Graham for their move to nominate the next justice, saying, "They can lie and be as hypocritical as they want because no reporter they give access to is ever gonna use those words."
Lindsey Graham says this video doesn’t exist but here it is and we are all retweeting it. pic.twitter.com/BrFSOf96aX— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) September 19, 2020
Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE said late Friday the winner of the election should be the decider of the next justice to fill Ginsburg's spot.
"Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg," he said.
Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsI'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities MORE (R-Maine) echoed Biden's calls, saying while she has "no objection" on the Senate Judiciary Committee's beginning the process of reviewing the nominee's credentials, she opposes a decision until after Nov. 3.
“Given the proximity of the presidential election ... I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election,” Collins said in a letter Saturday.
My statement on the Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/jvYyDN5gG4— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 19, 2020