President Obama is ending his two-year Fox News ban, by doing an interview that will air on Fox News Sunday. What is interesting is that the President will be using the interview to hammer Republicans for obstructing his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
Why would Obama agree to be interviewed by Fox News now? The answer can be found in what the interview will discuss. According to TVNewser, “Chris Wallace travels to Chicago where the interview will take place tomorrow at the University of Chicago. President Obama is speaking at the Law School, where he once taught, to discuss the importance of confirming Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.”
As is typical with final year in office presidential interviews, Wallace will almost certainly ask Obama about his legacy, and a few other topics, but this interview is going to be about Republican obstruction of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Chris Wallace and Fox News Sunday have been very critical of Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans for their obstruction of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
During a March 20, 2016, interview with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Wallace called out McConnell’s hypocrisy on obstruction of judicial nominees. As I wrote at the time, “Fox News Sunday called out Majority Leader McConnell’s hypocrisy because they would like to see Republicans keep the Senate, and a majority of Republicans believe that Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, should get hearings and a vote.”
Fox News is going to finally get to sit down with Obama, but the President is going use the Fox program to hammer Republicans for their obstruction. Obama is going to use Fox as a weapon of mass Republican obstruction destruction. According to the latest CNN poll, 55% of Republicans want McConnell to allow hearings to be held on the Garland nomination. The President is likely to find a receptive audience for his call for hearings and a vote on his Supreme Court nominee on Fox News Sunday.
President Obama will use the conservative news network to make Senate Republicans pay a heavy price for their obstruction. Fox News is going to be a hammer that Obama will use to drive another nail into coffin of the fading and fatally flawed Senate leadership of Mitch McConnell.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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