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On Wednesday's New Day on CNN, the show was fixated on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commenting last night that he would work to fill a hypothetical U.S. Supreme Court vacancy if one occurred in 2020, as hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota brought up the issue repeatedly across all three hours of the show.
Additionally, no conservative commentators were included in the panel discussions even while several liberal contributors including Joe Lockhart, John Avlon, and Catherine Rampell were allowed to give their commentary against McConnell.
Hour - Turbulent - Weather - Midwest - John
After beginning the 6:00 a.m. Eastern hour with the latest on the turbulent weather in the Midwest, co-host John Berman melodramatically brought up the McConnell news: "Overnight, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear he will be bound by nothing, including his own precedent, when deciding whether to confirm a Supreme Court nominee during an election year."
Then came a clip of Senator McConnell being asked by an audience member what he would do if there were a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020, followed by him smiling and straightforwardly responding, "I will fill it."
CNN - Host - Resentment - News - Merrick
The CNN host sounded like he was channeling liberal resentment as he responded: "This will be news to Merrick Garland and a far cry from what McConnell said in 2016 when then-President Obama nominated Garland during an election year."
After noting that a McConnell spokesperson argued that things would be different because Senate and White House are both held by the same party, Berman added: "Plenty of Democrats are slamming McConnell as a hypocrite, including much of the 2020 Democratic field."
Clips - Candidates - Kamala - Harris - Steve
After showing clips of Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Steve Bullock being critical of McConnell, Berman griped:
BERMAN: Look, it was a sham when McConnell claimed there was an historical precedent to not confirm someone in 2016. He said there's a long tradition -- there...
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