The Republican Senate violated the Constitution by blocking President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, purely to see if they could hold out until the next President. Whoever Donald Trump appoints to this seat, per The New York Times, "The person who gets confirmed will sit in a stolen seat." They continue:
It was stolen from Barack Obama, a twice-elected president who fulfilled his constitutional duty more than nine months ago by nominating Merrick Garland, a highly qualified and widely respected federal appellate judge.
It was stolen by top Senate Republicans, who broke with longstanding tradition and refused to consider any nominee Mr. Obama might send them, because they wanted to preserve the court’s conservative majority. The main perpetrators of the theft were Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, and Charles Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee. But virtually all Republican senators were accomplices; only two supported holding hearings.comments powered by Disqus