Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that it’s highly possible Vice President Kamala Harris could tank a “done deal” like President Biden picking someone to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
In an interview with Fox News, McEnany, who served during the Trump administration, spoke to Dan Bongino about liberal Justice Breyer announcing that he will step down from the bench when the term is up.
“Vice President Kamala Harris is supposed to be helping (pick the next Supreme Court nominee). You worked in the White House, you were in the room for these conversations.
“Is this a political effort to save her reputation because she has failed at everything else and hope they can change the narrative?” Bongino asked.
“For sure. Exactly, Dan,” she said. “Vice President Mike Pence was involved in a myriad of matters because he did a great job, like on Covid-19, for instance, he led the task force. And he proved himself to be skillful and adept.”
“Kamala Harris, she couldn’t get voting rights done. The border is up in flames. She’s failed at every task she’s been given so they said let’s give her the one-done deal that we have,” McEnany continued.
“Or in their mind, they think it’s a done deal. 50-50 Senate, we’ll get the Supreme Court justice through. If anybody knows how to light a sure-fire deal on fire, it’s Kamala Harris. You chose the one person who may tank what in your view is something that simply cannot be tanked,” she added.
The White House has confirmed that U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs is on Biden’s shortlist of names to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, according to USA Today.
“Judge J. Michelle Childs has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina since 2010. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., an ally to the Biden administration, supports Childs,” the outlet added.
“Childs, whom Biden nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this month, is the first candidate the White House has publicly confirmed. Her consideration for the Supreme Court was reported by The Washington Post days before she was scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing,” the report continued.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in June 2021 that Republicans “likely” would block any Supreme Court justice nominee in 2024, the next presidential election year, should an opening come up, provided the party controlled the chamber.
“I think it’s highly unlikely—in fact, no, I don’t think either party, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told conservative talk host Hugh Hewitt.