Anti-gun Loretta Lynch Sworn in as Attorney General
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Twenty Republican Senators helped break filibuster against Lynch
Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States on Monday.
Lynch is an extreme, anti-gun advocate who supports reenacting the so-called “Assault Weapons” ban which sunset in 2004.
While every Democrat supported her, the Republicans listed below cast their support, as well. For starters, every Senator below — both bolded and non-bolded — voted to break the filibuster against her nomination. They are:
The bolded Senators voted for Lynch twice. (More on this in just a second.)
But to be clear, if these Republicans had voted AGAINST Lynch on the cloture (or filibuster) vote, the Lynch nomination would have failed.
Why? Because the Democrats would NOT have had the 60 votes needed to defeat the Republican-led filibuster.
However, the Republicans listed above — those whose names are NOT bolded — tried to “have it both ways.” Having voted to break the filibuster, they then turned around and voted “pro-gun” against Lynch on the final confirmation vote.
This allows them to sell their constituents on the false premise that they opposed Loretta Lynch. But that’s not true, since they betrayed gun owners on the most crucial “cloture” vote.
But the Senators whose names are bolded took that extra step of actually VOTING TO CONFIRM Loretta Lynch. In essence, they voted for Loretta Lynch twice.
They not only voted to break the Republican filibuster, they also voted for her final confirmation.
Sen. McConnell twists arms to get Lynch confirmed
Why would so many Republicans vote to confirm President Obama’s anti-gun nominee — given her anti-gun record, and given the fact that she wants to legalize millions of anti-gun voters?
Because the pressure to support her came straight from the top, straight from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.
Senate Republicans, who opposed Lynch, report that Majority Leader McConnell was quietly twisting arms, getting the support needed to overcome a filibuster.
Here’s what was reported in one of the Capitol Hill newspapers:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) worked quietly to round up more than 60 votes to end a filibuster of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, Republican senators say.
After holding up Lynch’s confirmation vote for weeks, McConnell worked to ensure she would overcome a filibuster with a strong bipartisan vote, pitting him against Tea Party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other conservatives. (The Hill, April 23, 2015)
Having overcome the filibuster against Lynch, Sen. McConnell then voted IN FAVOR of the President’s anti-gun nominee.
It is imperative that gun owners take the Republican Senators listed above to the political “wood shed,” lest they be emboldened by their perfidy.
But it’s also important to THANK those Senators who resisted the Majority Leader’s arm twisting to support the Constitution.
As GOA mentioned last week, there were twice as many Senators opposing Lynch as opposed Eric Holder in 2009. So even though we don’t have a majority yet, the good news is that we are getting close.
Having said that, politicians are a lot like children. And just as a child doesn’t learn to change his behavior if he is never disciplined, neither do politicians if you don’t tell them they screwed up and put the heat on them.
ACTION: Please take action by clicking here to both email a Thank You to Senators who opposed the anti-gun Loretta Lynch on both votes and to “spank” those Senators who helped push her through
GOA Leading the Charge Against Anti-Gun Loretta Lynch!
Gun Rights on the Chopping-Block as Early as Next Week
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“If Lynch is confirmed, she is the Supreme Court’s fifth-vote-in-waiting.” — GOA’s Michael Hammond, TownHall, March 24, 2015
ACTION: Urge your Senators, especially if they are Republicans, to OPPOSE the Loretta Lynch nomination at every step. And circulate this alert to your pro-gun family and friends as well.
GOA leads opposition groups against Lynch
Gun Owners of America spearheaded a coalition of almost 30 groups this week and sent a letter to U.S. Senators opposing the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States.
While GOA has been busy coalescing grassroots opposition against the anti-gun nominee, the battle is far from over.
The vote on her nomination could occur as early as next week. And right now, the Republican Senate holds “all the cards” in the fight to stop her nomination. If they hold together, her nomination will be defeated.
And, well it should be. Lynch has said under oath that she effectively intends to spit on the Constitution — and continue to implement Obama’s unconstitutional, unlawful and anti-gun executive actions.
Next to Obama himself, Loretta Lynch will be the most important “Lynch-pin” in the administration’s efforts to permanently obliterate the Constitution. Without the active support of the Attorney General — who, traditionally, has been the servant of the law, and not the lawless president — Obama’s fraud scheme collapses.
Will Senate Republicans stick together and sink the Lynch nomination?
The question now remains: Will Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell throw away his last shred of leverage against a historical lawlessness which Republicans universally whine about?
Senator McConnell can ensure that Lynch clear a 60-vote hurdle (overcoming a filibuster) rather than just passing with a mere 51-vote majority.
While Lynch doesn’t have 60 votes in the Senate, she probably has 51 votes because there are some Republicans who support her — like Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
Some of these Republicans argue that Lynch is somehow “qualified” by a standard that ignores her pledge to violate the Constitution.
But make no mistake about it: When you lay your hand on the Bible, you don’t swear to get more education — or more experience — or a higher IQ. You swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. And, absent that, no candidate can be viewed as “qualified” to hold office.
Other Senators who support Lynch say she shouldn’t be punished for implementing Obama’s illegalities. They ignore the fact that in recent history, an Attorney General has resigned, rather than implement a president’s unlawful order. No Attorney General who plans to use the “just following orders” excuse should be elevated to that office.
Still others say that Lynch’s confirmation is necessary to get rid of Holder. But Lynch represents a much greater danger than Holder — especially, if her confirmation puts her in line as the potential fifth anti-gun vote on the Supreme Court.
So let Eric Holder continue to fester in his cavernous offices on the fifth floor of Justice — a specimen of the political “undead” who haunts the living after having failed in his effort to orchestrate his own apotheosis. Lynch is the looming danger threatening to destroy our Constitution; Holder is just a nightmare from the past.
ACTION: Urge your Senators, especially if they are Republicans, to OPPOSE the Loretta Lynch nomination at every step. And circulate this alert to your pro-gun family and friends as well