MSNBC’s Joy Reid claimed this week that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch sits on a seat “stolen” by Republicans following the death of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Except that Gorsuch was confirmed to the court in 2017 and served with Ginsburg, who did not die until 2020.
“This is important for you to understand,” Reid told her terribly abused viewers. “The Supreme Court has never agreed to hear a case over an abortion ban so early in pregnancy until all three Trump appointees — Justice Neil Gorsuch, who seats in a seat stolen by Republicans after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — were on board.”
Reid, who somehow kept her job after lying about her old blog being hacked by time travelers (no, really, it's as crazy as it sounds), is conflating her Supreme Court talking points.
The left-wing complaint regarding Gorsuch is that he “stole” his seat from now-Attorney General Merrick Garland, whom Senate Republicans declined to confirm or even consider in 2016. Considering how Garland has comported himself since as attorney general, all we can say now is: Thank God for Sen. Mitch McConnell.
It was Justice Amy Coney Barrett who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2020 to replace Ginsburg following her death. You may recall that the Left complained at the time it was “unfair” for then-President Donald Trump to nominate a justice in an election year — a debatable question, perhaps, but it isn't really accurate to say the seat was "stolen."
The Left's complaints regarding the three Trump-appointed justices are, of course, childish. Republicans, with their Senate majority, opted not to confirm Garland in 2016, then opted to confirm Barrett in 2020. The people pushing these talking points are merely lashing out at the same system that served them so well for the latter half of the 20th century. Now that they think they are losing, they are grasping at whatever straws they can to change the rules. They used to say the Supreme Court was sacrosanct, but now they question the legitimacy of justices in order to undermine it.
It takes a better memory than Joy Reid has to keep this lie straight.