Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in his opening remarks at Monday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing argued that President Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch had a “super legitimacy” because he was nominated after a presidential election. He failed to mention, however, that Trump was only allowed to name Gorsuch because the GOP blockade of President Obama's nominee, whom Republicans blocked from even receiving a hearing.
"Given that history, given the engagement of the electorate nationally on this central issue, I would suggest that Judge Gorsuch is no ordinary nominee. Because of this unique and transparent process, unprecedented in the nation's history, his nomination carries with it a super legitimacy that is also unprecedented in our nation's history,” Cruz said. “The American people played a very direct role in helping choose this nominee."
Cruz did not mention Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland by name, but Democrats have name-checked him multiple times throughout their opening remarks Monday.
"It was almost a year ago today that president Obama nominated chief judge Merrick Garland for this seat,” the Judiciary Committee’s top Dem, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said. “Unfortunately, due to unprecedented treatment, Judge Garland was denied a hearing, and this vacancy has been in place for well over a year. I just want to say I am deeply disappointed that it under these circumstances that we begin our hearings."
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