Sen. Mitt Romney, no friend of President Donald Trump, was under pressure to support naming a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, says a longtime conservative activist.
On Tuesday, Mitt Romney made national news when he announced he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court. That announcement all but ensures Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the votes he needs to vote for the soon-to-be-announced nominee.
President Trump has said he plans to name his appointment Saturday at the White House.
Brian Camenker, president of MassResistance in the uber-liberal state of Massachusetts, witnessed the liberal agenda of Romney when he served as the state’s Republican governor.
Sen. has theory over Biden's no-nominee list
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Joe Biden is being criticized for not releasing a list of Supreme Court nominees and a Republican senator suspects why he is being tight-lipped.
"[Biden] can't afford to. He can't afford to alienate the far-left,” Sen. John Thune, who represents South Dakota, told the “Washington Watch” program.
If names come out that are far-left nominees, Thune continued, it could frustrate moderate Democrats.
“And so,” the senator concluded, “I think they're in a very tough spot right now."
Demands for Biden to release a list come after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“From people I've talked to in Utah,” Camenker says of Romney, “he's gotten an enormous amount of anger over, number one, voting to impeach a Republican president and then, number two, marching in the Black Lives Matter march publicly.”
Romney, in fact, was the only Republican senator to vote to remove President Trump after his constituents back home chose Trump over Hillary Clinton 45-27 percent in 2016.
Before Romney had even cast his dissenting vote, a state lawmaker in Utah had introduced a bill that would allow Utahns to vote on recalling a U.S. senator through a petition drive.
“I don't know if they can actually do that,” Camenker tells OneNewsNow, “but from what I've heard the anger against Romney in Utah is pretty huge."
Romney is often loathed and loved by liberals and conservatives depending on his decisions at the moment. The Salt Lake Tribune reported their senator “broke the hearts of Democrats and liberal” with his announcement.
Another U.S. senator who voiced support for naming a nominee is Cory Gardner, who is serving his first term and is in a tough re-election fight in Colorado.
“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent,” Gardner said in a statement.
Sen. Gardner showed he has a “spine” by voicing support for Trump in a tough re-election fight, says Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Colorado state lawmaker who leads the Pray in Jesus Name Project.
Looking toward a Senate vote, Klingenschmitt says Colorado’s conservative voters would view Gardner voting against the eventual nominee as a “betrayal,” and he likened Gardner's situation with those voters to Romney’s conservative constituents in Utah.
After announcing he supports moving forward with a nominee, Romney told reporters that his “liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court, and that’s not written in the stars.”
He went on to state that the U.S. is a “center-right” country that deserves to be served by a court with a “center-right point of view.”
According to Politico, senators Romney, Gardner, and Chuck Grassley were the three GOP senators to watch, and all three back appointing a nominee.
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