Mitch isn't thinking clearly. The BLM rioters have targeted his house and family.
Who knows what he'll do.
Mitch has a singular game plan these days - it’s all about the courts, and has been for the majority of the past decade. From his blocking of Obama nominees, to his refusal to consider Merrick Garland, to his removal of the filibuster on SCOTUS nominees, to his record breaking speed of lower court appointments. I would not be surprised at all if he rams this one in, his last hurrah before all goes to hell for him and the GOP, and ensuring a conservative high court majority for the next generation or so before any of it can be rectified.
Trump, if truly selfish, though, can actually prevent this if he wants to win HIS election. He can simply state to the American people that he will honor the precedent set on Merrick, gaining some respect among independents, and, most importantly, tell the conservative-leaning voters that they will need to get out en masse and vote for him to ensure that the Notorious RBG’s replacement will be a conservative - spurring his conservative base to disregard the pandemic and swarm to the polls.
But he isn’t that smart. And Mitch wouldn’t have it - he cares more about the courts than Trump, the whole reason he was complicit with his train wreck presidency.