President Regan nominated Justice Kennedy to the Supreme Court in February 1988. Since Regan was leaving office in 1989, Democrats argued that the next president-elect should make the nomination. Sen. Chuck Grassley opposed this.

Surprise.

When President Obama nominated Merrick Garland in March 2016, Grassley argued for the exact opposite. With over 100 federal judge positions to fill, Obama filled 20, and Grassley argued against any other nominations, stating that "there were too many federal positions, and that some of them should be left open."

President Trump has filled 58, and Grassley writes to this paper to complain that the Democrats are using "blue slips" to slow down the nominating process. Meanwhile, Trump fired three district attorneys in districts where he does business and is interviewing replacements. One would think that Iowa's esteemed senator would be concerned about the separation of the judicial and executive branch, and the extreme lack of diversity in Trump's nominations.

Instead, he uses his time, financed by our tax dollars, to cry "hypocrisy." Take a long look in the mirror, Chucky.

Wayne Sapp

Maysville

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