CLAIM: Abraham Lincoln made the “wise decision” to delay a Supreme Court appointment before an election.
VERDICT: MISLEADING. Lincoln had no choice: the Senate was out of session.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said during the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday: “The last time we had a vacancy so close to an election was when Abraham Lincoln was president. And he made the wise decision to wait until after the election.”
Klobuchar’s argument reprises a claim that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) made in the vice presidential debate last week. She even made up a quote, claiming that “Honest Abe” said it was not the “right thing to do” to appoint a justice before an election.
Breitbart News noted in a fact check on that occasion:
As Dan McLaughlin of National Review noted, President Abraham Lincoln never said anything like what Harris said