Fox News host Chris Wallace got in a heated exchange with contributor Trey Gowdy over today’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
The acrimonious exchange promptly followed Wallace asking Gowdy if the GOP’s behavior in the case of pushing Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation versus blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination in 2016 was purely political.
Chris Wallace and Trey Gowdy again went back and forth, but when they start talking over each other, Bill Hemmer (usually a very calm, sober guy) interjects to note that they’re squabbling over things that have already happened while Biden has been dodging on court-packing pic.twitter.com/lKDedfW0e3
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Mediaite’s Charlie Nash reports:
During Fox News’ coverage of Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Wallace asked Gowdy, “Is it civics that the Republicans blocked the Merrick Garland nomination 269 days before the election and they’re pushing this one through now 22 days, or is it pure politics?”
Gowdy replied, “It’s pure, raw politics. But also what is pure, raw politics is the one Republican who’s actually done what most of us want to see, which is treat Supreme Court justices fairly, is Lindsey Graham who voted for Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, and the reward for that is a historic level of money pouring in to try to kick him out of the Senate.”
Wallace then interjected, stating that while he appreciated Gowdy’s foreright response, the record also showed that Sen. Graham had flip-flopped on Supreme Court nominations in presidential election years.
“Having said that, it was Lindsey Graham who in 2018 or 2019 at a forum said, ‘Look, if there is a nomination in the final year after the primaries start in 2020 for Donald Trump I will not bring it up before my committee,’ and he even said, ‘Mark the tape and hold me to account on that,’” Wallace continued. “So he has flipped entirely.”
Gowdy returned fire with a pithy observation, “And so has every Democrat…”
The two men began talking over each other until Fox News Chief Anchor Bill Hemmer inserted himself, declaratively saying, “Gentleman. Wait a minute here. We are debating history, okay? From four years ago.”
“Today in 2020, you’ve got a leading candidate in Joe Biden who has been asked repeatedly over the past several weeks whether or not he would pack the court if he won, and he’s yet to even provide an answer, and we are still waiting on that day after day,” Hemmer concluded. “So that’s where we are in 2020.”
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