McConnell uses Michael Jordan GIF to mock report that Schumer asked Trump to nominate Merrick Garland

McConnell uses Michael Jordan GIF to mock report that Schumer asked Trump to nominate Merrick Garland
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Top House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments Warren promises gradual move toward 'Medicare for All' in first 100 days MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday mocked a report that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.) asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE to nominate Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandAppeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records Divisive docket to test Supreme Court ahead of 2020 Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll MORE to the Supreme Court by tweeting a GIF of former NBA star Michael Jordan.  

McConnell's official Twitter account tweeted the GIF in response to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa's tweet, which said that Schumer urged Trump to tap Garland to the Supreme Court.

Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama in 2016. But the nomination was delayed by McConnell, with the GOP senator arguing that a justice shouldn't be confirmed to the bench during an election year. 


Many Democrats have seized on that argument to call McConnell a hypocrite, since he said the Senate would vote on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee by this fall despite the midterm elections this November.  

This isn't the first time he's used Twitter to troll Democratic lawmakers. After the Supreme Court upheld Trump's travel ban in late May, McConnell shared a photo of him greeting conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. 

Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump shortly after the election, sided with the majority of the justices in upholding the ban. 

Trump is expected to pick a new nominee to the Supreme Court on July 9. The White House said his decision would come from a previously released list of 25 names. But new reports have surfaced that say Trump has narrowed his decision down to three candidates.