Judge Merrick Garland may soon be getting his long-awaited revenge on Republicans after it was discovered that he could be a judge hearing Trump's latest appeal, per The Hill.
Garland attracted national attention when he was nominated for the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama. The seat had previously belonged to conservative Judge Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February 2016 due to natural causes.
The possibility of a political shift in the nation's highest court sent shockwaves throughout Washington and turned Garland into a lightning rod of controversy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell famously refused to hold a hearing on Garland's hearing until after the 2016 presidential election, claiming that the judicial appointment should be mandated by the people.
Many political pundits believe that part of the reason Trump managed to beat Hillary Clinton was because of this issue, as it rallied socially conservative Evangelical voters who might otherwise have been hesitant to vote for Trump. According to The Washington Post, 26 percent of all Trump voters polled said that the primary basis for their decision was the Supreme Court vacancy.
After winning the election, Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch to take the vacant seat, leading to many on Twitter, such as radio commentator Michelangelo Signorile, claiming that Merrick Garland's seat had been "stolen."