Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate and the nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, claimed responsibility for the Roe v. Wade decision on Wednesday.
What he’s saying: According to Bloomberg, McConnell stated in Kentucky on Wednesday that “it’s the single-most momentous decision I’ve taken in my public career.” The Supreme Court’s decision, according to the senator, is “a big step in the right way.”
The first of the three Trump appointees who handed the Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative majority was Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed as a result of McConnell’s refusal to entertain Merrick Garland’s nomination.
Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, the three justices nominated by Trump, concurred in the majority judgement that overturned Roe v. Wade.
Quick recap: When Garland was nominated, McConnell told Senate Republicans to disregard Obama’s choice. Then, in order to end the filibuster and confirm Supreme Court nominees in 2018, he broadened the so-called “nuclear option.”
Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett were unanimously approved.