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How Blumenthal Shifted Positions on the Supreme Court Confirmation in One Hour

June 28, 2018 By Staff
How Blumenthal Shifted Positions on the Supreme Court Confirmation in One Hour

The senior senator said there should be no delays in considering the next Supreme Court justice. Liberals reacted strongly. Blumenthal shifted his position after around an hour.

Lost in the scramble of Wednesday’s Supreme Court chaos is how Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) appeared to shift his position on confirming a Supreme Court justice within just 90 minutes.

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It all started when MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake tweeted, at 2:58pm, that Blumenthal urged no “delay” in considering President Trump’s pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Haake’s tweeted was ‘ratio’ed,’ a term for when a tweet receives more replies than retweets or likes.

Haake acknowledged this, and provided some context.

One tweet that was particularly popular called Blumenthal “tone-deaf” for not pledging complete opposition to Trump’s nominee.

By 4:05pm, Blumenthal had sent out a clarifying tweet, urging a wait on a confirmation vote until after the election.

Haake, for his part, acknowledged the shift.

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