Republican Senator Ron Johnson Says a GOP President Would Get 'More Accommodation'
Sen. Ron Johnson says that if President Barack Obama were a Republican and not a Democrat, the U.S. Senate would of course consider and vote on his nominee for the Supreme Court. The GOP U.S. Senator from Wisconsin made the stunning admission Thursday during a local radio show, "Morning Mess," Talking Points Memo reports.
"Itâ€™s a different situation," Johnson told the show's host. "Generally, and this is the way it works out politically, if youâ€™re replacing â€” if a conservative presidentâ€™s replacing a conservative justice, thereâ€™s a little more accommodation to it."Â
"But when youâ€™re talking about a conservative justice now being replaced by a liberal president who would literally flip the court â€” you know, letâ€™s face it, I donâ€™t think anybodyâ€™s under any illusion â€” President Obamaâ€™s nominee would flip the court from a 5-4 conservative to a 5-4 liberal controlled court," Johnson, 60, a freshman Senator, said.
"And thatâ€™s the concern, is that our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, our First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty, will be threatened. And so itâ€™s an incredibly serious moment in terms of whatâ€™s the composition of the court going to be."
The former business owner however did hold to the Republican Party line on one talking point.
"Let the American people decide. Itâ€™s a very reasonable, I think probably the fairest thing to do," Johnson said, ignoring the Constitution and decades of precedent.
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