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‘This is the most rank hypocrisy I’ve ever seen ... We’re not the world’s greatest deliberative body, we’re just a little factory that approves federal judges.’ — Sen. Schatz rips GOP for rushing Barrett’s confirmation after stopping Merrick Garland and ignoring COVID-19 relief

‘This is the most rank hypocrisy I’ve ever seen ... We’re not the world’s greatest deliberative body, we’re just a little factory that approves federal judges.’ — Sen. Schatz rips GOP for rushing Barrett’s confirmation after stopping Merrick Garland and ignoring COVID-19 relief

Amy Coney Barrett was just confirmed 8 days before the election, after 60 million Americans have already voted. 293 days before the 2016 election, Merrick Garland couldn't even get a hearing.

BREAKING: Senate Republicans take time out from 1642nd consecutive day blocking Merrick Garland to push Amy Coney Barrett onto Supreme Court.

We must never forget that Merrick Garland was nominated *8 months* before an election and McConnell didn’t give him a single hearing. Trump is a total disgrace, but Mitch McConnell may go down as the most corrupt and duplicitous politician in modern American history.

Republicans have been accused of hypocrisy for moving to confirm Barrett just days before Election Day after claiming in March of 2016 that Pres. Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland was just too close to the election.

8 months before the 2016 election, Senator McConnell said: "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice" and held Merrick Garland's nomination But this vote will be merely 8 days out from an election. — @SenAngusKing 

Graham, lamenting growing partisanship of SCOTUS nominations: "There's nobody a Republican president can ever nominate, I think, who is not going to face a hard time. That's too bad." (He doesn't mention Merrick Garland.)

McConnell: "The reason we were able to make the decision we did in 2016 [blocking Merrick Garland] is because we had become the majority in 2014. The reason we were able to do what we did in 2016 and 2018 and 2020 is because we had the majority. No rules are broken whatsoever."

@MegKrakauer  and I are slowly making our way through “The West Wing,” and this weekend just happened to end up on “The Supremes.” It got me thinking - what if, after RBG died, Clarence Thomas retired and Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett and Merrick Garland for both seats?

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Can we at least recognize that “Court Packing” at all levels of the judiciary has been the Republican playbook for decades? Asking for Merrick Garland.

Amy Coney Barrett opposed Merrick Garland’s nomination because: 1. It came the same year as a presidential election, and, 2. She said the nomination couldn’t go through because Scalia would be “replaced by someone who could dramatically flip the balance of the court.” Like her.

When Merrick Garland was nominated in 2016 to fill Justice Scalia’s seat, we were 237 days away from an election. Now we’re just 42 days away from an election, yet Leader McConnell wants to jam a nominee through. That’s a dangerous double standard that can’t be allowed to stand.

Retweet if you believe Judge Merrick Garland deserves fair consideration. #DoYourJobFriday 

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. McConnell & refused to give a hearing to Merrick Garland, Pres. Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. And he wasn’t the only nominee they blocked. Now the same Republicans want to change Senate rules to speed confirmation of Pres. Trump’s nominees? PLEASE

Dr Ford reasonably requested FBI bkgd check before she testifies so all the facts come out instead of just 2 conflicting stories w/o a resolution. GOP delayed Merrick Garland for nearly a yr & now we can’t have short pause to get the facts?Give me a break. What are they hiding?

Mike, this is shameless. Republicans refused to even speak to Merrick Garland. Why does any Republican nominee “deserve the support of every member of the US Senate” when GOP tribalism torched the process?

In a more respectful time, Mr. Vice President, there would be a Justice named Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court. But Garland never got so much as a hearing or even a courtesy visit from Senator McConnell.

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