Republicans should skip confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court nominee and simply go straight to a vote on the Senate floor, Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday.
"The Judiciary Committee does not have to do its thing," Limbaugh told his radio audience. "It’s become a tradition, but it’s not a requirement. And since Trump has already driven them crazy, I mean, long before today, they are crazy, then why not just blow up another tradition?"
That's the only way to retain the traditions "that matter," Limbaugh said. "It is the very traditions and institutions that define this country that the left has in its crosshairs. … This Supreme Court seat has to be confirmed, it has to be named and confirmed before the election."
Trump has vowed to name a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart on the court who died on Friday, with a woman from the list of conservative judges he already has made public. The election is less than 50 days away.
"All this talk about waiting 'til after the election," Limbaugh said, "Donald Trump was elected in 2016 on the very basis of the fact that he had a list of names, and people were able to judge those names and his candidacy as a result.
"I want the Judiciary Committee — I think it’d be great if it were skipped," he added. "We don’t need to open that up for whatever length of time so that whoever this nominee is can be Kavanaughed or Borked or Thomased. Because that’s what it’s gonna be, especially when it’s not even required."
Conservative Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas faced tough confirmation battles and accusations into their personal lives. Conservative nominee Robert Bork didn't even make it onto the court after accusations following his 1987 nomination by President Ronald Reagan.
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