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Rachel Maddow shares her assessment of mood and energy of Democrats who want to counter the distortions Mitch McConnell has brought to the federal court system under Donald Trump. Aired on 10/26/2020.
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Maddow On The Building Democratic Backlash To McConnell Coopting Courts | Rachel Maddow

95 Comments on "Maddow On The Building Democratic Backlash To McConnell Coopting Courts | Rachel Maddow"

  1. The Republican Party is no longer a political party/movement. It’s a criminal organization

  2. The Senate can quickly move to ram ONE person through in record time, but won’t move for the American people dealing with the Trump Virus. FIRE ALL REPUBLICANS!

  3. This republican has had enough. The party I used to identify with is completely out of control, and we need real change. Let’s all come together to vote blue. I did for the first time this year.

    • Thank you for not drinking the kool-aid

    • @Ariaflame
      RACISM:
      Biden sponsored crime legislation that resulted in mass incarceration of African Americans. Biden opposed busing, calling it a “liberal train wreck”, and stated he didn’t want his kids growing up in a “racial jungle”.

      BIGOTRY:
      Biden told an African American “You ain’t black” because he didn’t state that he supported him for president.

      CORRUPTION:
      In his 47 years of political life Biden has gotten rich. He withheld a Billion dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine until a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma (Hunter Biden’s employer) was fired. According to emails and former business associates of Hunter Biden, Joe Biden received a cut of Hunter Biden’s payoffs from Chinese, Ukrainian, and Russian entities.

    • Welcome to the Republican Refugee Camp. Saw what the party was shaping up to be under Gingrich. So much for fiscal responsibility. Cut taxes and spend more and ram religion down out throats are the mantra of the new Republicans.

    • @Joseph Reger exactly. All I wanted was a party that could be responsible with taxpayer money. I never wanted religion crammed down my throat. I’m a Christian, but everyone has a right to believe what they choose.

    • @Warren F. Exactly! Personal responsibility was also lost among the party of degenerates that it has become.

  4. ReneeJoan Robles | October 27, 2020 at 2:44 AM | Reply

    What the Founders of the Constitution set up was a complicated, but real-life version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Every branch of government, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, has the power to “check” the other two branches. The Congress can pass laws, but the President can veto those laws. If the President vetoes a law, the Congress can override that Veto. The Supreme Court can rule a law unconstitutional, but the Congress can either amend the Constitution — or increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court. The President has the power of appointment to the Supreme Court, but those Justices are appointed for life, and cannot be fired or dismissed by the President if he doesn’t like their rulings. I believe the Congress can impeach and remove a sitting Justice. The President can issue executive orders, but only Congress can allocate money to fund those activities. So, there is this continual dance between the three branches of government, each acting as a “check” on the power of the other two. If Republicans want to “pack” the court with Justices who will declare progressive legislation unconstitutional, then Democrats also have the right to “pack” the court with Justices who will oppose those conservative judges. This is totally fair, and the way our government was intended to work.

    • Anthony McCarthy | October 27, 2020 at 5:46 AM | Reply

      @Billie Jean Williams And yet you haven’t learned the lessons of 1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000, 2016, but you want to repeat that disgusting history. Rich people can afford that kind of stupidity, poor people who are that stupid have only that excuse.

    • @Billie Jean Williams Not much better… but still better. And once you get them in power, the next step is to get them nervous about KEEPING that power… by keeping your hand over the Vote button when you see better and better candidates. Because every vote that brings a candidate who is closer to what you want near power… the more that those who HAVE the power right now will shift towards those candidates in order to KEEP that power. Thus even candidates you like who lose… can help you shift policies more towards what you want.

      Democracy is a High engagement game. The Republicans learned this years ago… Democrats need to learn the same. You can’t get the people you want in power unless you WORK for it HARD. Money is only half the game, corruptive as it is… it is in too few hands to be the end all so long as you don’t let your collective power slide.

    • Janne Gregoire | October 27, 2020 at 12:07 PM | Reply

      Very well said.

    • Diane O'Donovan | October 27, 2020 at 4:14 PM | Reply

      I find it absolutely shocking the degree to which politicians – including a president – can interfere with the civil service and legal system. Having both an accelerator and a set of brakes doesn’t help you move forward if they’re both always fully depressed. Having a system where judges are political appointees is bad enough, but when even the worst of them – even people whom the Bar association says is not competent beyond a certain level – can be forced on the Supreme Court by politicans partizan’ vote, with no way for the people (and the other judges and the legal system as a whole) to depose that judge for the rest of his/her life… it looks as if the framers of the Constitution should have spent more time considering “we the people” in all of this. It’s not a balanced system or even one designed to have the objective best of the best on the highest bench. ‘Rock, paper, scissors’ is fun game, but it hardly emanates that majesty proper to the law.

    • ReneeJoan Robles | October 27, 2020 at 4:57 PM | Reply

      @Diane O’Donovan Again, a Democratic administration has two options to “check” the power of the Supreme Court — it can either amend the Constitution, or it can appoint more justices. Both options have their downsides — amending the Constitution is incredibly difficult, and can take a long time. Appointing more Justices can be a difficult process, too, and can be a “win” in the short-term, but can create problems for the appointing party in the long-term (i.e., those justices will be on the bench for a long time), and especially because the next administration can then follow-suit and appoint still more justices until there are more justices on the Supreme Court than Representatives in the House! Nevertheless, those are the two options that exist. Oh, wait. There is a third — they can impeach one or more of the Justices and remove them from the bench. However, I’m not sure any of the Justices has committed anything close to an impeachable offense, and even then it is incredibly difficult to impeach and remove a Justice — even more difficult than impeaching and removing a president. That’s the only other tool remaining for a Democratic administration, and it has very little likelihood of succeeding. Short of that, we’re left with voodoo dolls and sacrificing small mammalia to the Prince of Darkness for “prompt removal” of any Justices we feel we do not like. This, too, is problematic, as the Almighty has the power to overrule such actions.

  5. Do not be complacent check make sure your registered to vote and when the time comes GET OUT AND VOTE.

  6. Tom Bowling in the comments is a Russian Troll.

  7. You get back what you give out… I’m tired of being demonized because I’m not a Republican… I’m a decent human being, I’m not perfect and wouldn’t know what that is exactly… but I care about others and myself and I try not to hurt myself or others and I try to live peacefully with my neighbors… I’m tired of the Right saying that everything has to be their way because someone said something 2000 years ago. The book I believe in most is the Constitution. It’s that simple. It’s only a couple of hundred years old, but it’s whole purpose is to stand against what the Right is doing to America. So I’m going to stand behind the Constitution and hope that enough people in America will stand there too. Because America is not a Christian Republican State. Trump or Mitch are not the nobility… I don’t need them to tell me right from wrong… and I don’t need them dominating America for their own ends…

  8. All MUST be rebalanced: supreme court, Federal appointments

  9. Sadly, there is no way of defeating the Conservatives in America because they have total control over the financial sector! America is increasingly becoming a fundamentalist country like its Muslim counterparts, but its name is Christianity! This is a tragic day for compassion in America and a victory for far-right authoritarianism!

  10. Dennis Lawrence | October 27, 2020 at 3:38 AM | Reply

    Corrupt Presidents appoint corrupt Supreme Court Justices.

  11. FIFY TWO REPUBLICAN SENATORS sacrificed 210,000 American lives to put a new Justice on the Supreme Court !
    Making America great again?????

  12. Catherine Hendrickson | October 27, 2020 at 3:54 AM | Reply

    McConnell never attended 1 stimulas meeting and Kentucky got huge benefits from last package billions hes re campaigning on that. God may have a plan for him he has mysterious bruises

  13. The GOP Senate is a pathetic disgrace. They have 395 bills on their table right now and not to mention the millions of suffering American taxpayers and voters needing immediate aid. Then they force this SCOTUS through the Senate like savage dogs running wild. The GOP Senate has already been proven to be the laziest Senate in America`s history.
    I tell you this right now I will never vote for a Republican the rest of my life!!!

    • Because in an election year they have been trained to not give Democrats a win in any way, shape, or form. They won’t compromise or be bipartisan unless they can help it, the rest of the time its their way only. Thanks to Newt and the Tea Party and the Zero Compromise attitude they adopt.

    • @Fun Fact remember that comment you just made in another thead about cry babies….Im just noting you being a cry baby 😉

    • Janne Gregoire | October 27, 2020 at 12:13 PM | Reply

      Very well said. End the insanity.

    • @Fun Fact THe only thing trump mops the floor with is his over sized clothes. Did you see his shoulders on his suit in the debate compared to Bidens..wow it looked like a woman’s suit out of the 80’s with should pads. gotta hide that fat!

    • Vintage Things | October 27, 2020 at 1:39 PM | Reply

      Fun Fact trump’s gonna mop the floor alright….of a correctional facility!

  14. Many of the Judicial appointments were placed in spite of rank perjury. They can all be impeached if perjury can be proven – and it can.

  15. Remember everyone… We don’t just vote for the president and vice president; we vote for senators also. Funny how Congress can rush this Supreme Court justice through at breakneck speed yet have no regard for the millions of people struggling under the weight of the corona virus. If they don’t have enough balls to do the right thing on behalf of the people, then we need to remove them from office.

    • @Bernhard Schwarz We’ve got problems all over the world, most of which we are responsible for. Saudi Arabia’s record on human rights is atrocious, for example, yet the US considers them an ally because of oil. America itself has a long, bloody history of slavery and racism. Dylan Roof walked into a church, executed nine people, was taken alive and bought dinner. Meanwhile, George Floyd had a knee pressed into his neck for nearly ten minutes over a supposed counterfeit twenty dollar bill.

    • @Bernhard Schwarz I agree with you Joe’s and the CCP.are best remember he said there good peaple.Ather the BigGuy got the money.

    • What was illegal or unconstitutional about a president picking justices during their terms? Do not talk about Obama pick for Scalia, it was a Republican Senate. As everyone says elections have consequences. Also your beloved RBG was against packing the courts and denying a nomination. It is all on video. She should have stepped down during obama presidency. Or maybe she knew what she was doing and did not like his agenda.

    • @dolandlydia There was nothing illegal about it; the issue is the hypocrisy of the GOP in the name of political power. If nine months was too close to an election when Obama was president, then the same rules should apply when early voting is already underway.

    • Poor line, Trump has kicked the failed democratic attack, china virus , I question you about your own ideal about blame. And the Supreme court has a new constitutional justice. Congratulations! Turkey

  16. Mitch McConnell is the one behind all this ugly politics. He play divide and rule. He’s not in it for the people but for the power and money.
    We need term limits, like 244 years ago!

  17. Living nowhere near America like so many others we cannot understand or fathom how there can be so many ignorant people in America

    • Femocrat Socialists are emotional TDS sufferers without a Clue

    • @Elizabeth Shannon wasted votes huh ?

    • out of curiosity, where are these “non-ignorant” leftists that are capable of discussion/debate? Because every leftist i know seems to be totally ashamed of their views and the people they vote for

    • Imagine how those of us living here feel about the rampant stupidity

    • Elizabeth Shannon | October 27, 2020 at 3:55 PM | Reply

      @Fun Fact I do believe that I stated that I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and not for the autocratic pathological liar named Donald. So, no wasted votes here. If you feel otherwise that is, of course, your choice.

  18. The American people are fed up and there’s a reckoning coming. As a matter of fact it’s under way right now!

  19. Democrats shouldn’t just talk about it, they should do it, otherwise talk is cheap.

  20. Spirits Are Here | October 27, 2020 at 6:26 AM | Reply

    I hope the Democrats find a way to reverse Barrett nomination. This is clearly not fair before an election. Once a cheater, always a cheater.

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