Duckworth hits McConnell: Americans should have voice in selection of next Supreme Court justice

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthLawmakers press Trump admin for list of migrant kids separated from families The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Protests and anger: Washington in turmoil as elections near Ocasio-Cortez responds to Dem senator who said policies 'too far to the left' don't win in Midwest MORE (D-Ill.) used Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE’s (R-Ky.) own words defending his decision to block the nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandPoll: Americans more divided on Trump Supreme Court pick than any other since 1987 Don’t worry (too much) about Kavanaugh changing the Supreme Court Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE to the Supreme Court to argue that Americans "should have a voice” in selecting the next justice.

Duckworth on Wednesday tweeted out a screenshot of McConnell’s 2016 tweet saying the “American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice” and captioned it with the same language, but replaced #Scalia with #Kennedy.




McConnell blocked the nomination of Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, claiming that the seat opened up too late in Obama’s term and that the next president should pick the justice.

The move set the stage for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE to nominate conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to the bench last year.

Gorsuch sided with conservative justices in handing down several major decisions this week, including to uphold Trump’s travel ban. McConnell celebrated that decision by sharing a photo of him and Gorsuch.

Kennedy announced Wednesday that he would retire from the Supreme Court.

Trump told reporters that he will pick a nominee to replace Kennedy from a previously released list of candidates, and McConnell said the Senate will vote to confirm Trump’s pick this fall.