According to 2016 Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, racism is the only reason the Republican Party is trying to block President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee that replaces deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. Donald Trump famously declared that the GOP should have a three-word plan for Obama’s nominee: Delay, delay, delay! Otherwise, some Republicans have pointed back to how President Obama himself once advocated trying to deny George W. Bush from nominating people to the justice system.
Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account started on the assault on the Republican plan by noting that the U.S. Constitution specifically calls for the commander in chief to nominate Supreme Court justices.
“And he [the office of the President of the United States] shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judge of the Supreme Court, and all other office of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law.”
In subsequent tweets, Hillary claimed Antonin Scalia’s death created a necessary reason for the Republicans in the Senate to move quickly.
“The need to fill the Supreme Court vacancy is not an occasion for politics as usual. This has real and urgent stakes for Americans now,” she tweeted. “Right now, millions of families are waiting for SCOTUS to decide on POTUS’ executive actions on immigration. Right now, the fundamental principle of “one person, one vote” is at stake in a case before the Supreme Court. And right now, a case from Texas could determine whether the right to abortion will be a reality for all or some.”
Without Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court is left with the even number of eight justices. Based upon the current makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s possible many of these cases may lead to a split decision of four to four. Liberal and progressive are hoping Obama’s nominee can take his or her seat in the Court before these major cases happen, with some people going so far to hope that conservative Clarence Thomas might also die in 2016.
Clinton did not speak to the possibility of a split decision, but she did call Republicans “disgraceful” for indicating that they would delay the proceedings until 2017.
“These decisions could determine whether we as a nation uphold our principles of liberty and equality, or turn back the clock. With these critical cases in the balance, Republicans wasted no time in vowing to block any SCOTUS nomination from POTUS. A new low,” she wrote. “I have news for Republicans who would put politics over the Constitution: Refusing to do your duty isn’t righteous, it’s disgraceful. There are 339 days until the next president takes office. The Senate has never taken more than 125 days to vote on a SCOTUS nominee.”
While Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account made certain allegations against the GOP, the Democrat went even further when speaking at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. She claimed bigotry and racism were the only reasons Republicans had to deny Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, claiming that some conservatives would reject even a “qualified” nominee because Obama supposedly “doesn’t have the right to nominate anyone, as if somehow he’s not the real president.”
“You know that’s in keeping what we heard all along, isn’t it?” Clinton said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Many Republicans talk in coded racial language about takers and losers. They demonize President Obama and encourage the ugliest impulses of the paranoid fringe. This kind of hatred and bigotry has no place in our politics or our country.”
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Conservatives, on the other hand, claim liberal and progressive groups have misused the U.S. Supreme Court to twist the laws of the land.
“The Court was, as it should be, kind of a boring institution for nearly 200 years,” Ann Coulter claimed shortly after Scalia’s death. “And then, the Left figured out that — not by any Constitutional framework, but simply by the fact that the Supreme Court gets the last word, they decide cases — liberals realized, ‘Oh, shoot, we can’t get Americans to agree with our crazy ideas, but hey, I bet we could get five Justices to agree!'”
Other conservatives also noted that President Obama himself once advocated blocking nominations from Republicans. For example, in 2006, then-Senator Obama tried to stop the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito, which the Conservative Tribune claims is “diametrically at odds with what he supports as a president. The only thing he wants to do is fundamentally transform America.”
“[I will] be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values, you know,” said Senator Obama. “When you look at his decisions in particular during times of war, we need a court that is independent and is going to provide some check on the executive branch, and he has not shown himself willing to do that repeatedly.”
What do you think about Hillary Clinton’s Twitter comments? Do you think the Republicans should allow President Obama to pick a Supreme Court nominee?
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