West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has once again sent Democrats into a meltdown. In comments to reporters, the moderate Democrat said that he would likely not support a second nominee to the Supreme Court if the opportunity were to arise prior to the next presidential election.
Referencing former President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the bench, Manchin said that if a similar scenario recurred he would hold out until after the election before supporting a nominee.
The Hill reports:
Manchin said he would prefer to wait until the country knows who will occupy the White House in 2025.
Manchin walked back the comment he made earlier afternoon indicating that he would not support confirming a second Biden nominee to the Supreme Court if another vacancy occurs shortly before the Nov. 8 midterm election.
Asked if the Senate should act if another seat becomes vacant “later in the year closer to the election,” Manchin responded: “I’m not going to be hypocritical on that.”
“If it comes a week or two weeks before like it did with our last Supreme Court nominee, I think that’s a time it should go to the next election,” he said.
President Biden is expected to announce his nominee to fill the seat left by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer soon.
In 2020, Democrats, including Manchin, harshly criticized Trump and Republicans for nominating Barrett to the Supreme Court so close to the November election.
“Rushing to confirm a Supreme Court nominee weeks before a presidential election has never been done before in the history of our nation and it will only fan the flames of division at a time when our country is deeply divided,” he said at the time.