Former President Barack Obama, who nominated Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat of Justice Antonin Scalia in election year 2016, said that he thinks Republicans should wait until after the election to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday night.
Obama argued that Republicans should be “consistent” after “inventing the principle” that Supreme Court vacancies shouldn’t be filled during an election year.
Republicans have argued that circumstances are different because the Senate and President are from the same party now, and were not in 2016.
Some have also pointed to Democrat dirty tricks during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as a reason for doing whatever they need to do to fill the vacant seat.
Voters elected a Republican majority in the Senate to check Democrats’ power and retained that majority in 2018 for the same reason, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) noted.
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