Twitter users invoke Merrick Garland after McConnell, Graham comments on impeachment trial

Twitter users on Thursday invoked the blocked Supreme Court nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally The Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight MORE to criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally The Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Grassley, Ernst pledge to 'evaluate' Trump's Supreme Court nominee MORE (R-S.C.) over their handling of the impending Senate impeachment trial.

McConnell and Graham have both criticized House Democrats for their Wednesday night vote to impeach President Trump on two articles: obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

McConnell railed against the vote during a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday, calling it a “slapdash process” fueled by “partisan rage” that created a "toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future."

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Graham went after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally CDC causes new storm by pulling coronavirus guidance Overnight Health Care: CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus | Government watchdog finds supply shortages are harming US response | As virus pummels US, Europe sees its own spike MORE (D-Calif.), accusing her of committing "Constitutional extortion" if she did not allow the Senate to promptly act on the House-approved articles of impeachment. 

Twitter users criticized the two senators and accused McConnell of hypocrisy, noting his stonewalling of Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 2016. Garland’s nomination by former President Obama was blocked in the GOP-controlled Senate by McConnell, who refused to hold a hearing until after the 2016 presidential election.

More than 37,000 tweets included Garland’s name, making it trend on the platform across the United States on Thursday.

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesMany Democrats want John Bolton's testimony, but Pelosi stays mum SEC's Clayton demurs on firing of Manhattan US attorney he would replace Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Conn.) wrote that senators who never gave Garland a vote “can’t find enough smelling salts and fainting couches when Pelosi plays a little hardball on an impeachment trial.”

Actor George Takei of “Star Trek” fame, a noted Trump critic, wrote that Pelosi “may throw Mitch McConnell’s plan to fix the trial for Trump ... we need payback for Merrick Garland, and I’m here for it.”

Screenwriter and television producer Robert Schooley wrote: “If there’s anything Republicans absolutely cannot abide it’s when Democrats have the audacity to fight back. Merrick Garland says, ‘Hi,’ Lindsay.”

Thousands of others took to Twitter to mention Garland, who currently serves as the chief judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached when the House voted almost entirely along party lines to approve the articles related to his Ukraine dealings. 

Moments after the historic vote, Pelosi declined to say when — or even if — Democrats would deliver the articles to the Senate over concerns that the GOP-controlled upper chamber will not conduct and impartial trial.

McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he’s “not impartial about this at all.”