That’s the message sent out yesterday by Twitter handle @BarackObama, run by the grassroots group Organizing for Action.
Senate Republicans have been stonewalling a vote on the president’s current nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, since March. So far the GOP has been stalling the vote for the next 9th Justice until after the presidential election. Donald Trump has been very supportive of continuing to block Garland. But as the Republican presidential nominee‘s numbers continue to sink, there’s been renewed interest in voting on the moderate justice nominee now.
Republican Garland supporters think waiting to vote runs the risk of a more liberal Supreme Court candidate from the potential Clinton Administration.
Is the renewed interest in Garland an effort by some Republicans lawmakers to distance themselves from an increasingly unpopular Trump? Is Judge Garland the safest bet for Republicans to fill the empty Supreme Court seat?
John Eastman, professor of law and founding director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at Chapman University