The Supreme Court decision today, known as Janus, would not have happened without the stonewalling of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. Lately, we’re hearing a lot of 5-4 SCOTUS rulings and that is because Republicans, largely with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel’s help, stole Garland’s seat and now we have Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative nominated by former reality show star Donald Trump.
In February of 2016, McConnell wrote, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
And then today, after it was announced that Justice Anthony Kennedy is going to retire, McConnell tweeted that “The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on @POTUS @realDonaldTrump’s nominee to fill this vacancy.”
“We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall,” the little shit added.
My full remarks: pic.twitter.com/PUiahqy0Ej
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) June 27, 2018
Twitter users jumped all over McConnell’s shit.
Sorry it’s an election year you can’t fill the seat
— Matt (@matt_a182) June 27, 2018
— Romancing the Nope (@RomancingNope) June 27, 2018
You are a feckless partisan hypocrite https://t.co/Tx9NzPpipi
— Suzanne Kelleher (@SuzanneKelleher) June 27, 2018
Since it’s an election year, no vote on Kennedy replacement until January 2019, right? #GarlandTreatment
— Chris Cares (@ctucker2) June 27, 2018
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new Congress.”
— Calaway & Calaway (@CalawayTandC) June 27, 2018
Hey man? Legit go to hell.
— Matt Bush (@ItsMattBush) June 27, 2018
Your hypocrisy is astounding. Not surprising, just astounding. You set the standard and now must abide by it as well.
— *•.¸♡ KarrieK ♡¸.•* (@KarrieK817) June 27, 2018
My only regret in life is that we didn’t take to the streets when you stole our SCOTUS SEAT! Justice will win! You think we’re being uncivil, you just wait!
— Dee (@txgal_in_ga) June 27, 2018
“… The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter when it considers the qualifications of the nominee the next president nominates, whoever that might be,” McConnell said.”
— JP (@jperkins_77) June 27, 2018
— 📎 #Resist ❄🍋 (@AnitaNelson) June 27, 2018
Who’s going to pay Mitch Mcconell a visit to his house? Waiting for you 2nd amendment protectors to fight off tyranny. It’s literally right in front of you.
— Andres Thompson (@DreThomp) June 27, 2018
Remember this tweet? When you blocked Obama from nominating anyone?! pic.twitter.com/nKtUABpJX0
— Angel Sawle (@AngelSawle) June 27, 2018
The fucking nerve of this guy.
The next justice could dramatically change the direction of #SCOTUS for decades. The American people deserve a voice in that conversation.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) March 15, 2016
Kennedy is a conservative, but he crossed party lines in some of his rulings. We didn’t always agree with him, but he was a fair man. When his replacement is picked, you just know that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will fold like a cheap deck of cards and support Trump’s nomination.
Republicans confirmed Gorsuch in just two months, but Obama’s nominee wasn’t given a chance.
Should a so-called president* be able to nominate someone for the SCOTUS if he is the subject of an investigation? Asking for a country…
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