Republicans are pointing to former President Obama’s October 19th 2016 tweet about “the need for a ninth justice” and using it against him.
At the time, in wake of Justice Scalia’s death, Obama wrote “The need for a ninth justice is undeniably clear. #DoYourJob”
Obama then added a meme with his own quote “Already this past June, we saw a deadlocked Supreme Court, with no tie-breaking vote, unable to reach a majority on a major immigration case – leaving our nation’s immigrants in Limbo.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 19, 2016
Conservatives are now reminding Obama of the tweet.
Dan Bongino wrote “Exactly”
Another Twitter user wrote “Never did I ever think I would be in agreement with Barry, but here we are. The need for a ninth justice is undeniably clear. Do your job.”
“The need for a ninth justice is undeniably clear.” – Obama on October 9, 2016.
“The need for a ninth justice is undeniably clear.” – Obama on October 9, 2016. pic.twitter.com/aK8F3ArjSx
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 22, 2020
Obama himself, has now changed his tune.
In a statement Obama attributes his change in thinking over the argument that Republicans set a new precedent and the need for “everyday fairness” and “consistency.”
Obama writes “Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.”
Obama continues “A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment.”