Comedian Samantha Bee says congressional Republicans are being a little unreasonable in their objection to giving Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing. The "Daily Show" vet and current host of TBS' "Full Frontal" slammed the GOP on her show Monday for "c--- blocking" the nomination.
First, Bee addressed the apparent flip-flop some Republicans have made since President Barack Obama nominated the moderate Garland. Bee quoted Pennsylvania Sen. Orrin Hatch, who before Obama announced Garland as his pick said, "The president told me several times he’s going to name a moderate [to fill the court vacancy], but I don’t believe him. [Obama] could easily name Merrick Garland, who is a fine man. He probably won’t do that because this appointment is about the election. So I’m pretty sure he’ll name someone the [liberal Democratic base] wants.”
"Obama did exactly what Hatch said he wouldn't," joked Bee, "which is why Hatch then said, 'I bet Obama would never give me a million dollars, a jet ski and let me attend Oval Office meetings [naked]."
Later, Bee criticized the Republicans' talking point that Obama should follow what they believe to be a precedent of presidents' not nominating Supreme Court Justices in election years — a precedent GOP lawmakers have dubbed the "Biden Rule" in reference to the vice president's objections as a senator in 1992 to a hypothetical Supreme Court nomination by then-President George H.W. Bush. Bee said there was no real evidence to back up that supposed precedent and took issue with the characterization by some on the right, including presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, that Obama is a "lame duck" president.
"Jesus Christ, he’s not a lame duck,” Bee said. "He’s three trimesters away from lame duckery. A president’s term is four years; you can’t say three of them are legitimate and the fourth is garbage. They’re not 'Indiana Jones' movies."
Watch Samantha Bee mock the Supreme Court nomination fight in the clip from "Full Frontal" below:
As the fight over Garland's nomination continues, House Democrats are confident their Senate counterparts will be able to get Obama's nominee confirmed.
“I’d be surprised if [Judge Garland’s] not confirmed at some point this year,” Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind told the Hill. “I think they are going to go with the Obama nominee rather than wait and see what President Clinton offers them.”
Not all Republicans have rejected Obama's nominee and Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich previously said Senate Republicans should at least meet with Garland, even suggesting he would uphold Garland's nomination if he were elected. However, embroiled in presidential election politics, Kasich walked that claim back Sunday.
"Look, you know, Garland is — I'm going to have my own picks for the Supreme Court," Kasich said. "You know, the fact is, I said that they ought to meet him and talk to him and, you know, I'm not going to pick somebody who's, you know, obviously not a respecter of the Second Amendment. I don't want people making law, and so nobody should be confused, worked up or upset. He's not going to be my pick for the Supreme Court."