Bill O’Reilly wasn’t even on his show this week, but he still beat Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File. Eric Bolling took over for the week and did a decent job, scoring an average of 2.43 million viewers a night when averaging the nightly cable ratings at ShowBuzzDaily. Megyn Kelly, who did appear on her show all week, had an average of 2.26 million viewers.
Both O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly’s shows talked about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. It was the first thing Eric Bolling talked about Tuesday evening.
“The sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, creating one of the biggest political fights in years over whether President Obama should nominate Scalia’s replacement or leave it to the next president. President Obama is leaving little doubt about where he stands.”
Bolling then played a video clip where Obama said he plans to fulfull his constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time.
“I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time. There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote,” Obama could be heard saying.
A video clip of Donald Trump then followed, where Mr. Trump claims it’s up to Mitch McConnell and all the other Republicans to stop it.
“It’s called delay, delay, delay,” Trump stated.
“We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that would undermine the religious liberty of millions of Americans and the stakes of this election for in year, for the senate. The senate needs to stand strong and say we’re not going to give up the U.S. Supreme Court for a generation by allowing Barack Obama to make one more liberal appointee,” Senator Ted Cruz weighed in.
Fox News Analyst Juan Williams said President Obama was doing nothing wrong; it was his constitutional duty to replace the judge. Another analyst, Mary Katharine Ham, believed that Obama has a right to to suggest a replacement judge, but that the Senate had a right to take time and analyze who he picks.
Megyn Kelly began her show on Tuesday evening talking about the same topic.
“The president saying that he will nominate someone to replace the late Justice Scalia, saying the nominee will not necessarily be a moderate. The president also lashing out at critics, berating Republicans who say they will not even consider the President’s potential nominee. Mr. Obama telling GOP senators to do their jobs and rise above day-to-day politics.”
Megyn Kelly accused Barack Obama of being a hypocrite when saying that the constitution claims we must replace the judge now. She points back to Obama’s filibuster of Bush appointee Samual Alito. Senator Jeff Sessions told Kelly that the Senate will not just sit back and allow Obama to appoint a liberal nominee.
“Mitch McConnell used to serve on the Judiciary Committee. He understands this completely. So we’re just not going to move this nominee because it’s going to allow the next president to fill this seat. It’s a decisive seat on the court.”
McConnell added that Scalia was a great conservative who will be impossible to replace. However, he believes that the American people will be able to elect someone to make the right nomination.
Megyn Kelly will definitely have more on the Supreme Court this week and Bill O’Reilly, who is set to return on Monday, will no doubt have a lot to say as well. After the Nevada and South Carolina primaries, Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly should expect increased ratings in the coming week.
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