President Joe Biden has been plagued by disastrously low approval ratings, with many voters expressing dissatisfaction over his handling of issues like the economy and crime.
However, Biden’s latest move may have just given even some of his supporters a reason to turn on him.
The deal involves former Kentucky solicitor general
According to the Washington Examiner, the president has reached a controversial deal on judicial appointments with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Under its terms, Biden will be nominating an attorney who previously did pro-life legal work to serve as a federal judge. In exchange, McConnell is pledging not to stall other judicial nominees.
As the Louisville Courier-Journal explained, former Kentucky Solicitor General Chad Meredith has a long record of opposing abortion and defended his state’s abortion restrictions in court.
The paper also noted that Meredith will be replacing Judge Karen K. Caldwell, who serves in the Eastern District of Kentucky and was appointed by President George W. Bush.
Democrat accuses Biden of having made “a deal with the devil”
However, that agreement hasn’t gone over well with some Democrats, including Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth. He pointed out that although Caldwell has announced plans to step down she is still currently on the bench.
“Given that a judicial position isn’t currently open on the Eastern District Court, it’s clear that this is part of some larger deal on judicial nominations between the president and Mitch McConnell,” Yarmuth was quoted by the Courier-Journal as saying.
Democratic state Rep. Charles Booker is campaigning to become Kentucky’s senator, and he offered a more blunt assessment, tweeting that Biden made “a deal with the devil.”
The President is making a deal with the devil and once again, the people of Kentucky are crushed in the process.
At a time when we are fighting to protect human rights, this is a complete slap in the face.
This is some bullshit. https://t.co/A4LV6PxSeK
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) June 29, 2022
“At a time when we are fighting to protect human rights, this is a complete slap in the face,” he complained, adding, “This is some bulls–t.”
News of the deal comes just one week after the Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right.