Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared on Fox News on Thursday night where he bragged about blocking former President Barack Obama from filling in judicial vacancies during his last two years as president.
“I was shocked that former President Obama left so many vacancies and didn’t try to fill those positions,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said to McConnell.
While Hannity tried to blame Obama for not filling those seats, McConnell took pride and bragged that it was his own doing as to why those seats were left vacant.
“I’ll tell you why,” he said. “I was in charge of what we did the last two years of the Obama administration.”
Then, he laughed:
Hannity: "I was shocked that former President Obama left so many [judicial] vacancies and didn't try to fill those positions."
Mitch McConnell: "I'll tell you why. I was in charge of what we did the last two years of the Obama administration. [Creepy evil laugh]" pic.twitter.com/revbToN8aZ
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) December 13, 2019
“I will give you full credit for that, and by the way take a bow,” Hannity said. “All right, that was good line!”
McConnell not only blocked federal judges, he prevented Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland from even getting a hearing. In 2018, McConnell told Kentucky Today that the decision to block Garland’s appointment was “the most consequential decision I’ve made in my entire public career.”