Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in on the issue of the filibuster on Thursday, encouraging fellow Democrats to do away with the contentious portion of congressional code.
According to Breitbart News Clinton’s comments came as she was speaking at The Atlantic Festival’s Ideas Stage where she accused the Republican Party of not respecting the rule of law.
The former Secretary of State said that she “absolutely” would back getting rid of the filibuster, and pointing to the issue of Merrick Garland’s nomination for the Supreme Court in 2016.
Garland’s notorious nomination was not heard before the Senate, due to the Republican majority Senate looking to hold the empty seat open for the next president to fill. They were successful and Neil Gorsuch was eventually confirmed to the empty seat.
“Keeping the filibuster now, when you’re dealing with a political party that does not respect the rule of law, does not even respect the process unless it works for them — you know, witness what they did to Merrick Garland when President Obama had every right to appoint a Supreme Court justice,” Clinton said.
The former first lady said that the United States is, in her opinion, “in the middle of a constitutional crisis”:
“People are still arguing about stuff that is important but not as fundamental as whether or not our democracy will be broken, and then taken over and minority rule will be what we live under,” she stated.
Currently, the filibuster rules ensure that there is a 60-vote threshold for most bills to move to a final vote.