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

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthBiden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role The best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Ill.) used Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi mum on when House will send impeachment article to Senate Democratic senator: COVID-19 relief is priority over impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE’s (R-Ky.) own words defending his decision to block the nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Graham says he'll back Biden's CIA pick A Democratic agenda for impossibly hard times 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 TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit 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.