Marco Rubio says critics of timing of Supreme Court nomination ‘have this all twisted’
Marco Rubio. Image via AP.

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Debate may have been rocky, but ACB path to SCOTUS looks smooth.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio didn’t have much to say about the first presidential debate on Wednesday’s edition of “Fox and Friends,” but he did affirm the President’s right to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.

On Tuesday in Cleveland, President Donald Trump noted that “elections have consequences,” and one of them includes the right to fill court vacancies late in an elected term.

Rubio’s position as a backer of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, is already established, but cognizant of the controversy over the Barrett nomination, he said that people “have this all twisted” regarding comparisons to the 2016 nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the high court.

“Here’s where people have this all twisted,” Rubio told the hosts. “Merrick Garland was not going to be confirmed.”

Garland did not meet the Republican “Senate criteria,” added Rubio.

“It was the end of [Barack Obama‘s] second term. He’s not coming back. He’s not accountable to the voters,” Rubio said.

Conversely, Rubio said Trump “has an obligation to nominate someone.”

Barrett, Rubio added, “meets the criteria of everything we look for in a Supreme Court justice.”

Rubio’s rousing endorsement of Barrett’s nomination, though hardly a surprise, conforms with the position of every other Republican of note in the state, including Senate colleague Rick Scott.

Scott publicized his meeting with Barrett Tuesday, unconditionally vouching for the high court bid of the current appellate court judge.

“Barrett has a distinguished record of service to our nation, respects the separate roles of our three branches of government and will apply and follow the law as-written, not legislate from the bench. She is highly qualified, and I look forward to the Senate moving swiftly to confirm her to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Scott, who has used the “elections have consequences” trope to defend the nomination and the imminent Senate approval, has expressed confidence that the Senate will approve Barrett before Election Day.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Sonja Fitch

    September 30, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Twisted as in you are twisted wrung out wimp of the goptrump cult! That was a complete trump shit storm! Biden was as calm as anyone I have ever seen in handling the crude rude bs of trump! Vote Blue! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!


    September 30, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Little Marco and Rick “I take the Fifth” Scott. Two hypocrites.
    tRUMP is going and you two clowns are next.

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    September 30, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Did Rubio say why Merrick Garland was “not qualified?” I thought not. Maybe because he wasn’t endorsed by the Federalist Society.

  • Frankie M.

    September 30, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Rubio is so full of shite. He’d be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle.

  • James Robert Miles

    September 30, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Rubio is just another GOP extremist who hasn’t got a clue!!

  • Barbara jacquin

    October 3, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    The leaders of the GOP, Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham, are total hypocrites because they have gone back on their promises in 2016 in which they swore that the GOP would never support a nomination made within months of an election. And you, Senator Rubio, are a hypocrite also in supporting Judge Barrett’s nomination. as usual, you are a tool of a corrupt party and a corrupt president. I will vote you out of office the first chance I get.

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