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

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) used Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) own words defending his decision to block the nomination of Merrick Garland 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 Trump 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.

Tags Anthony Kennedy retirement Donald Trump Merrick Garland Mitch McConnell Supreme Court vacancy Tammy Duckworth
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