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

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDems should run as economic progressives, says ex-Obama strategist Democrats must reconcile party factions to raise blue wave odds Senate Dems want DOJ review of Giuliani's work for foreign entities MORE (D-Ill.) used Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSanders hits Feinstein over Kavanaugh allegations: Now it’s clear why she did nothing for months On The Money: Senate approves 4B spending bill | China imposes new tariffs on billion in US goods | Ross downplays new tariffs: 'Nobody's going to actually notice' McConnell tamps down any talk of Kavanaugh withdrawal MORE’s (R-Ky.) own words defending his decision to block the nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandHirono: Dems could keep SCOTUS seat vacant for two years Kavanaugh understands a good judge is an umpire — not a diva Budowsky: If Dems win control of Congress 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: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' 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.