‘Judge Kavanaugh Will Be on Supreme Court,’ McConnell Tells Conservative Activists

At Values Voter Summit, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expresses confidence that President Trump's current U.S. Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed.

On September 21, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addressed the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C., hosted by Family Research Council Action.

By Josh Shepherd Published on September 21, 2018

Nearly 2,000 conservative activists descended on Washington, D.C., today for the 13th annual Values Voter Summit. Hosted by Family Research Council Action led by Tony Perkins, the three-day conference features speeches and breakout sessions by several top public officials as well as politically conservative religious figures.

Friday afternoon will feature Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while Vice President Mike Pence will speak Saturday. FRC Action hosts a video livestream during the entire event.

Senator Mitch McConnell, R.-Ken., was among the first summit speakers on Friday morning. His remarks on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s ongoing (and contentious) confirmation process made global headlines.

Future “Justice Kavanaugh”?

In introducing McConnell, Tony Perkins praised the senator’s resolve in ensuring the open Supreme Court seat remained vacant through the 2016 election. Perkins serves as a member of the informal White House Faith Leaders Initiative.

“Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision was a historic decision,” said Perkins. “It helped frame the Presidential election. [It was] one of the most courageous acts in the history of the United States Senate.”

The current battle over another Supreme Court vacancy has consumed the news in recent weeks. On July 9, President Trump nominated federals appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh on September 14 through 17.

“You’re all following the current Supreme Court fight,” began McConnell. “You will watch it unfold in the course of the next week. President Trump has nominated a stunningly successful individual.”

Following the confirmation hearings, a woman came forward with allegations from 36 years ago when she and Kavanaugh were in high school. She claims he sexually assaulted her. Some observers have minimized the charges as a delay tactic. McConnell’s next comments on the current nomination hit the news within minutes.

“You’ve watched the fight,” said McConnell. “You’ve watched the tactics. But here’s what I want to tell you. In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court.”

McConnell Urges Election Turnout

With the midterm elections seven weeks away, the Senate majority leader set the stage to focus on Republican accomplishments since President Trump’s election.

“You can go back a hundred years,” said McConnell. “Republicans have only had the Senate, the House, and the White House for 20 of those hundred years. We were determined not to squander this opportunity because they don’t come along all that often.”

He discussed the benefits of the recent tax reform law, notably year-over-year wage growth. McConnell also pointed out there are currently more job openings than people looking for work.

“This time, the new prosperity is not just being captured by big coastal cities and a select few industries,” said McConnell. “Small communities and rural areas have actually outpaced the big cities in rates of job growth.”

The Senate leader did not mention several legislative disappointments. High-profile efforts on immigration and criminal justice reform have, thus far, not been successful.

Values Voter Summit attendees have particular concerns. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a priority of pro-life groups, failed in the Senate by a 51-46 vote in January. Currently, the annual funding bill for the Dept. of Health and Human Services continues to grant Planned Parenthood $286 million every year.

Nonetheless, with elections looming, conservative activists are laser-focused on ensuring the balance of power in Congress does not shift. Most see a host of issues tied to Republican success in November.

“My friends, keep the faith,” said McConnell. “Don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re going to plow right through it and do our job.”

 

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  • Chip Crawford

    What a breath of fresh air and bracing strength about now from a Republican. Thank you Majority Leader McConnell for your unflagging stand and resolve.

  • David Hess

    Just to watch the Globalists tremble makes it all worth it. And the silencing of the NeverTrumpers is a beautiful thing!

  • SophieA

    With all due respect to Senator McConnell, talk is cheap and I’ll believe in a Justice Kavanaugh when I witness it.

    • Chip Crawford

      With all due respect to you – and respect is certainly due you – is the Leader’s talk actually cheap? He’s spoken this way before and results have followed. The man is a steady hand on the helm, who sees above the current fray. Thank God! And also, good sister, does not the word of God call for us to see victory on the inside and work from that instead of giving our Amen to what the devil’s crowd is doing?

      • SophieA

        Thank you for your respectful reply. I admit to a lessening of faith as unwarranted attacks from all sides ensue against Judge Kavanaugh. I believe that Senator McConnell is a man of his word. But politics is a slippery business as we have witnessed recently and the looney Leftists are like that lion seeking whom he may devour. I suppose a good re-reading of Psalms could help bolster my confidence in God’s hand in this trial, but I remain skeptical. Is there no room for a doubting Thomas? Must we always live on a high mountain of faith?

        • Chip Crawford

          No, but we should hang onto some of it. Yes, the Psalms, when David was at a nadir, he would rehearse his victories. Those REALLY did happen … So with us in this awful, awful time we’re going through – together, thank God! – remember: HILLARY CLINTON LOST – L*O*S*T – THE 2016 election against all odds … Among all the Trump achievements, one of my favorites and perhaps one of the most miraculous, other than the US embassy moving to Jerusalem, YOU CAN ACTUALLY FIRE – fire! – PEOPLE AT THE V.A. Do we really take in what a bureaucratic defeating accomplishment that represents! Some of Pres. Trump’s actions will endure beyond a future Democratic administration.

          Well, I know we should be all nice and lovely — but don’t you [hands wringing in glee] just LONG for the day when the HEADS START TO ROLL. Yay, YAY !! They just have to, that’s all …

          GOD IS NOT MOCKED! Men and women reap what they sow … There comes an end to mercy and the unrepentant eventually get judged. That is mercy for the righteous, thank God! I say unabashedly. the end

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