Rush Limbaugh calls for GOP to skip hearings for Trump SCOTUS pick and go straight for floor vote

Rush Limbaugh believes GOP should skip confirmation hearings for Trump's SCOTUS selection and go straight to the vote (Getty Images)
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh urged Republicans to skip a hearing to confirm whoever Donald Trump will nominate to fill the Supreme Court seat open after Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.
The long-time radio host requested the move during his show on Monday.
"I want the Judiciary Committee - that could be great if [the confirmation hearing] were skipped," he said. "We don't have to open this up for any length of time so that anyone who is that candidate can be Kavanaugh'd or Borked or Thomas'd. Because that's what it will be, especially when it's not even required."
Mr Limbaugh's arguments are based on fear that the Democrats will do everything in their power to undermine the character and qualifications of a candidate for the Supreme Court judiciary chosen by a Republican president.
He was referring to the controversial endorsements of Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, both conservative in ideology and both who battled allegations of sexual misconduct during their hearings. Robert Bork was another conservative choice for the court but was ultimately not upheld.
The US Constitution does not provide for public confirmatory hearings for Supreme Court candidates. The first confirmation hearing was in 1925 when Judge Harlan Fiske Stone appeared before a committee to discuss details of a political scandal.
Confirmation hearings were held a few more times at the beginning of the 20th century. Then, in 1955, the appointment of John Marshall Harlan marked the beginning of the ratification negotiation that Americans might recognize today.
Donald Trump said he planned to appoint a new judiciary on Friday or Saturday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would be quick to think about Mr Trump's candidate.
Donald Trump said he plans to appoint a new judiciary on Friday or Saturday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would be quick to think about Mr Trump's candidate.
Democrats have called on Mr McConnell on his hypocrisy for being a driving force in Republican efforts in 2016 to hamper the nomination process for former President Barack Obama for the Supreme Court.
After Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, Obama selected Merrick Garland to take his place. Mr. McConnell and Senate Republicans refused to approve a Supreme Court judge chosen by Mr. Obama and held the position pending eleven months until the end of Mr. Obama's term.
Now, Mr McConnell wants to expedite the selection and validation of a new judiciary even though the 2020 US election is less than two months away.
So far, at least two Republican senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have stated that they do not believe that the election should come after the election. At least four Republicans would have to vote against Mr McConnell to stop the selection.
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