Hannity Rips ‘Never-Trumpers’ as Second SCOTUS Spot Opens
In his Opening Monologue, Sean Hannity said “Never-Trump” Republicans should “admit how wrong” they were in opposing the president’s candidacy, citing what the Supreme Court could look like with two nominees from Hillary Clinton.
“I have a message for you,” he said. “Hillary Clinton would now be making a second appointment in terms of the judicial courts of American history.”
He said that it would be Clinton, not President Trump, affecting the judiciary “for decades to come.”
Hannity also warned that Democrats are “sharpening their spears” to “Bork” anyone President Trump nominates to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Hannity said a center-right jurist who respects the rule of law is “the exact opposite of what the left wants.”
“What the left can never accomplish through the ballot box or through real legislation they try to accomplish by abusing the court system and using activist judges,” Hannity said.
Hannity said he expects the “single most contentious, nasty, dirty, propagand[ist] character assassination campaign” against the nominee, adding that it will be similar to the failed nomination of Judge Robert Bork, where the term “Borked” comes from.
“Democrats are sharpening their spears like they did in 1987,” Hannity said, as that was the year Bork was nominated by President Reagan to replace Justice Lewis Powell Jr.
Hannity played tape of Edward Kennedy, then a Democrat senator from Massachusetts, claiming Bork’s confirmation would lead to “a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions.”
Sen. Kennedy added that black people would be forced to use segregated lunch counters and schoolchildren would not be taught scientific evolution.
Hannity said Democrats, along with key Republicans like Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, successfully torpedoed Bork’s nomination. Justice Kennedy’s subsequent confirmation was successful.
He said Trump’s eventual nominee should also heed the history of what Democrats tried to do to Justice Clarence Thomas.
Hannity said Thomas, who is black, characterized attacks on him as a “high-tech lynching” after Democrats attempted to pin sexual harassment claims on him, brought by his former colleague Anita Hill.
Hannity added that the media is already preparing for a fight with Trump, as Steve Schmidt — a former adviser to Sen. John McCain — demanded on MSNBC that Democrats should “do everything they conceivably can do to block this nomination, any nomination from going forward until after we see what happens in the midterm election.”
Former Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland said members of her party should “throw down” with Republicans supporting Trump’s nominee.
“What I mean by that is we’ve been playing by the rule book and Donald Trump and Republicans have been playing by street rules,” Edwards said.