White House sets up Twitter feed to promote Supreme Court nominee, push Senate to hold hearings

“I’ve fulfilled my constitutional obligation,” President Barack Obama mentioned on Wednesday. “Now it’s time for the Senate to do theirs.” No, the President wasn’t particularly referencing the creation of a brand new Twitter account to promote his Supreme Court nominee. However these phrases and loads of others are already on the web page devoted to the President’s alternative.

SCOTUSnom TwitterThe SCOTUS Nomination web page, @SCOTUSnom, is geared toward garnering public assist for federal Decide Merrick Garland, Obama’s decide to fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.

Whereas highlighting Garland’s credentials, the Twitter feed can be driving dwelling the purpose that the Senate ought to truly hold hearings on the nomination, regardless of opposition from Republican senators who need to block an election-year affirmation.

A video pinned to the highest of the web page introduces the 63-year-old Garland, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Meet Chief Decide Merrick Garland, the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court. #SCOTUSnominee https://t.co/ACujysyyDJ

— SCOTUS Nom (NARA) (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016

The primary a number of tweets from the brand new account reiterated info in regards to the President’s constitutional obligation to nominate candidates for empty Supreme Court seats, and the Senate’s obligation to conduct a listening to or a vote on nominees.

Filling a #SCOTUS emptiness is just not a political prerogative—it’s a primary perform and basic obligation. pic.twitter.com/wHRNpQ2ZlE

— SCOTUS Nom (NARA) (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016

The final time a president’s Supreme Court nominee was denied a vote?

1875.https://t.co/OI0bmv6H5M #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/SkrbGwks7z

— SCOTUS Nom (NARA) (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016

A pleasant reminder.https://t.co/OI0bmv6H5M #SCOTUSnominee pic.twitter.com/yo4kQumFop

— SCOTUS Nom (NARA) (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016

With out a ninth Justice, 4-4 #SCOTUS selections cannot legally set up uniform, nationwide guidelines. #SCOTUSnominee pic.twitter.com/G5hErzoQOt

— SCOTUS Nom (NARA) (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016

As soon as the President got here out of The White House to introduce Garland, the web page turned a operating feed of Obama’s feedback, principally retweeting the principle @WhiteHouse account.

“This isn’t a duty I take frivolously—it’s a call that requires me to put aside short-term expediency or slim politics” —@POTUS

White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) March 16, 2016

“Immediately, I’m nominating Chief Decide Merrick Brian Garland to be part of the Supreme Court.” —@POTUS #SCOTUSnominee pic.twitter.com/ak7vqV9sCM

White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) March 16, 2016

The President spent a while operating by Garland’s spectacular judicial resume.

“Merrick graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Legislation, and the early years of his authorized profession bear all of the…marks of excellence” —@POTUS

— SCOTUS Nom (NARA) (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016

Chief Decide Merrick Garland oversaw “each side of the federal response to the Oklahoma Metropolis bombing.” —@POTUS pic.twitter.com/kTeiAyAtPc

— SCOTUS Nom (NARA) (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016

“To search out somebody…who nearly everybody not solely respects, however genuinely likes—that’s uncommon.” —@POTUS on Merrick Garland #SCOTUSnominee

White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) March 16, 2016

Obama closed by letting the Senate and Republicans specifically know that the ball was of their court docket.

“Our Supreme Court is exclusive.

It’s supposed to be above politics.

And it ought to keep that approach.”

White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) March 16, 2016

“To counsel that somebody as certified and revered as Merrick Garland doesn’t even deserve a listening to…can be unprecedented.” —@POTUS

— SCOTUS Nom (NARA) (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016

“I’ve fulfilled my constitutional obligation.

Now it’s time for the Senate to do theirs.”

@POTUS #SCOTUSnominee https://t.co/JNB1vTPy2x

White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) March 16, 2016

“Presidents don’t cease working within the last 12 months of their time period.

Neither ought to a Senator.”

@POTUS: https://t.co/O5iYU1cW6b #SCOTUSnominee

White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) March 16, 2016

SCOTUSNom additionally shared some tweets from those that would really like to see the affirmation course of transfer ahead.

When the President seeks the recommendation and consent of the Senate, it’s their constitutional obligation to do their jobs. Let’s get this achieved.

— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP44) March 16, 2016

I look forwarding to assembly with Chief Decide Garland quickly and anticipate different senators will do the identical #DoYourJob #SCOTUS

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) March 16, 2016

I look ahead to @SCOTUSnom Chief Decide Garland’s affirmation hearings in order that I, and the American public, can study much more about him.

— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) March 16, 2016

.@POTUS has achieved his job choosing a nominee & sending that nominee to the Senate. It’s time for the Senate to do its job. #SCOTUSnominee

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 16, 2016

The President’s foremost Twitter feed obtained in on the motion as nicely.

Proud to nominate Decide Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. I ask Senators to meet their constitutional obligation and provides him a good listening to.

— President Obama (@POTUS44) March 16, 2016

In the meantime, Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell supplied up these tweets and extra from his account, reaffirming his place that the American individuals, by deciding on the subsequent president, must be given a say in who the Supreme Court justice must be.

.@SenateMajLdr: Give the individuals a voice on the subsequent #SCOTUS nominee. https://t.co/KdDaZcSnXR

— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) March 16, 2016

.@POTUS made this #SCOTUSnominee not w/ the intent of ever seeing them confirmed however so as to politicize it for functions of the election.

— Chief McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) March 16, 2016

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