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 McConnellGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (R-Ky.) signed a T-shirt joking about Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandLaw professor: Court-packing should be 'last resort' Here's how senators can overcome their hyperpartisanship with judicial nominees McConnell campaign criticized for tombstone with challenger's name 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 SchumerSaagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? Johnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-N.Y.) had asked President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 KavanaughCollins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' re-election would go well if she runs The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE was confirmed last fall following a contentious confirmation process.