That goal of McConnell's did not come to fruition but it wasn't for lack of trying from him and all his fellow Republicans.
Even in his second term McConnell remained a constant force of ill will towards the any goal the President aimed to achieve.
This included denying the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland by enacting a policy of no-hearings-no-vote for 293 days — setting a modern record for Supreme Court nominees.
Now McConnell has the gall to stand in front of a mic and tell the assembled press, with a straight face, that the Democrats had better not consider staging a blockade on any of President-elect Donald Trump’s high court nominees...
“I think that’s something the American people simply will not tolerate and we’ll be looking forward to receiving a Supreme Court nomination and moving forward on it,”
Here is the video...
McConnell: "The American people simply will not tolerate" Democrats blocking Trump's SCOTUS nominee https://t.co/9b6sqFrQTM— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 4, 2017
FACT CHECK: In the video you will notice McConnell referring to the Biden rule. This is one of the Republican's favorite canards to trot out as they claim then senator Joe Biden, in 1992 floor speech, advocated for the tactics. It is a lie, there was no Supreme Court vacancy to fill in 1992, there was no nominee to consider, there is no such thing.
McConnell's warning comes literally one day after the Merrick Garland's consideration for the Supreme Court had expired.