Dems and GOP have traded places on Supreme Court Justice nominations during election years

September 24, 2020 / 696 views

The year was 2016 and Democrats were OK with a Supreme Court Justice being nominated. His name was Merrick Garland and Democrats wanted him in. Obama nominated him back in March of 2016, to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Obama said "I hope they’re fair,” the president said of Senate Republicans during his Rose Garden announcement. “That’s all. I hope they are fair.”

The GOP refused to hold a vote on it, pretty much ignoring it until the 2016 election finally came up. After Trump won, he nominated Gorsuch and Merrick Garland never got in, per a report on Channel3000.

The GOP’s refusal to act on Obama’s nominee turned the Supreme Court into a key political issue in November’s general election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump on May 19, 2016, released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees — a list shaped by conservative allies and aimed at soothe Republican voters’ concerns over whether he would nominate right-leaning judges.

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Less than two weeks after taking office, on January 31, 2017, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill Scalia’s former seat on the Supreme Court. The Senate, where Republicans maintained a majority after the 2016 election, confirmed Gorsuch less than three months later, on April 7, 2017.

So basically, now it's the other way around. Democrats no longer want the next person up to be voted in. Republicans do. They have switched spots and we'll see what happens next.

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