McConnell signs shirt joking about expiration of Merrick Garland's nomination

McConnell signs shirt joking about expiration of Merrick Garland's nomination
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Lawmakers race to pass emergency coronavirus funding Trump upends controversial surveillance fight MORE (R-Ky.) signed a T-shirt joking about Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandMitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate The Trumpification of the federal courts Juan Williams: GOP are hypocrites on impeachment MORE's failed Supreme Court nomination. 

A Twitter user on Monday shared a photo of McConnell signing the shirt, which included Garland's face as well as his nomination date and the date at which his nomination expired. 

The shirt also includes the quote, "gone but not forgotten." A smiling McConnell is pictured standing next to the Twitter user who shared the photo. 

It is unclear when and where McConnell signed the shirt. McConnell's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 


The photos serve as the latest example of McConnell joking about former President Obama's 2016 nomination of Garland for the Supreme Court. The nomination was ultimately delayed by McConnell, with the GOP senator arguing that a justice shouldn't be confirmed during an election year. 

McConnell's office in July 2018 tweeted a GIF of former NBA star Michael Jordan laughing uncontrollably after The Washington Post reported that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer Sanders blasts Trump for picking 'completely unqualified' Pence for coronavirus response Trump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report MORE (D-N.Y.) had asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE to tap Garland to the Supreme Court. 

The GOP leader also appeared to troll Democratic lawmakers after the Supreme Court upheld Trump's travel ban last year. At the time, McConnell shared a photo of him greeting conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated to the bench shortly after Trump's election. 

Trump has nominated two judges to the Supreme Court in his two years in office. Conservative Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Justices bar Mexican parents from suing over fatal cross-border shooting of teen Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Arizona man MORE was confirmed last fall following a contentious confirmation process.