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 McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval MORE (R-Ky.) signed a T-shirt joking about Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian Garland2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Merrick Garland, denied Supreme Court spot, on court set to consider Trump subpoena appeal  Warren calls for Congress to pass federal laws protecting Roe v. Wade 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 SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y.) had asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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 KavanaughMurkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE was confirmed last fall following a contentious confirmation process.