Mitch McConnell Says Amy Coney Barrett Is ‘Political Asset’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett a ‘political asset’ and suggested her confirmation could be good for Republicans’ electoral chances on November 3. Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate on Monday.
McConnell spoke to Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Monday night about third justice President Donald Trump has been able to appoint. He hinted at the 2018 confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and what Coney Barrett might mean for the GOP’s chances in 2020.
“As you recall, we had a Supreme Court fight months before the election in 2018 and we actually gained seats,” the Kentucky Republican said. “I think this nominee will be a political asset for our candidates around the country. Not a liability, but an asset.”
Here’s Mitch McConnell on Fox News saying he thinks Amy Coney Barrett will be a “political asset” for Republican candidates pic.twitter.com/3f2mCZYpZX
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Though Republicans increased their Senate seats in 2018, they also lost the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. Democrats are projected to win both the House and Senate this year, while former Vice President Joe Biden enjoys a wide lead in the polls with just seven days until the election.
“This is a happy night for the country, and in particular, for this Senate Republican majority, which has, you know, Shannon, emphasized judicial appointments,” McConnell added.
“And we’ve done 53 circuit judges, one step below the Supreme Court, first time in 40 years, no vacancies in the circuit courts, and over 200 lifetime appointments all together.”
Watch the video above, via Fox News/Twitter.