Conservative radio host Glenn Beck said Monday that Republicans were making a “mistake” by not giving Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, an up-or-down vote, Right Wing Watch reported.
While he didn’t say that the Senate should approve Garland, Beck said he believed it is likely that Hillary Clinton, if elected president, would nominate someone less “reasonable.”
“I personally think that it is a mistake for them not to give him an up or down vote,” Beck said. “I think it’s a mistake. And I also think that they did this for a reason, that they put somebody in who is somewhat acceptable and they did it because they could say, ‘See, they’re absolutely unreasonable.’ And if Hillary gets in and there’s a Democratic Congress or Senate? Done! You think that they’re going to get more reasonable than this guy?”
Even before Obama nominated Garland, Senate Republicans said they would not consider any nominee selected by him and would wait until after there was a new president to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat.
“I would pull the trigger,” Beck said, “because the Constitution says give them an up or down vote. That doesn’t mean you accept them; it does mean give them an up or down vote. And just take that issue away from them.”