McConnell at Trump Rally: My Motto Is Leave No Judge Vacancy Behind!

Posted: Nov 04, 2019 8:45 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told a roaring crowd at President Trump's rally in Lexington that he will work to ensure there will be no federal judge vacancy for Democrats to fill.

Trump praised McConnell for his work in the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after he was accused of sexual misconduct, which the president described as a plot by liberals to destroy a good man.

Trump invited McConnell to say a few words at the rally on Monday.

"Thank you, Mr. President, for making America great again. [Gov.] Matt Bevin is making Kentucky great again, thanks to your help tonight," McConnell said.

"And working together, we are changing the federal courts forever," he continued. "Nobody's done more to change the court system in the history of our country than Donald Trump. And Mr. President, we're going to keep on doing it. My motto is leave no vacancy behind."

"So President Obama left Mitch and me and Rand and all of us, he left 142 openings for judges," Trump then told the crowd. "You are not supposed to allow any. You don't do that. You know, they say the most important thing a president can do is federal judges right, including the Supreme Court, obviously....So Mitch and I and Rand would like to thank very much President Obama, because nobody has ever been so generous in their life."

Bloomberg reported in August the Senate had confirmed 59 judges under McConnell's leadership in 2019. Since Trump has been president, the Senate has confirmed 99 judges.

McConnell is up for reelection and is using the large number of judge confirmations to show Kentucky how he supports Trump and the conservative agenda.