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

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission MORE (D-Ill.) used Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Senate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal MORE’s (R-Ky.) own words defending his decision to block the nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism' Bernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism' Democrats should initiate a 'Fire Mitch McConnell' campaign 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.

 

 

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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 TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' 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.