Merrick Garland: The Most Shared Thoughts on President Obama’s SCOTUS NominationBy Megan T. Brown on March 18, 2016
Amid fierce opposition from Republicans, President Obama has announced his nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Merrick Garland, Chief Judge for the D.C. Appeals Court, was formally nominated during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Though he possesses decades of experience in U.S., the moderate judge may not have Senate support. Here are the most socially shared articles on the president’s nomination—check out our politics portal for more trending U.S. news.
The majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, appeared on the Senate floor just after the president's announcement to express displeasure with the nomination.
The New York Times
Obama's choice disappointed many supporters who had hoped the president would use his nomination to expand diversity in the Supreme Court.
Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post
Conservatives say their refusal to consider Garland stems from the desire to let the American people weigh in on Scalia's replacement.
Garland was considered to fill the last Supreme Court vacancy in 2010, with many GOP Senate Judiciary Committee members lobbying for his selection.
Associated Press via LA Times
Garland cited a modest upbringing and his Jewish family’s battle with persecution as motivators for his fair and honest reputation during his emotional response to the nomination.
Garland's record contains few major decisions, as the judge has never been a fan of issuing sweeping rulings on hot-button issues.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images via USA Today
Garland stated that his most famous case as a prosecutor, the 1995 Oklahoma City bomber trial, solidified his belief in the importance of trust in the justice system.
Various private groups have come forward to express their opinions of Garland—the UAW, for example, supports the nomination, while the NRA opposes his stance on firearms.
Some Republicans fear a "no-hearing, no-vote" stance will brand the party as obstructionist.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan weighed in, saying the choice has never been about the nominee himself: "Under our Constitution, the president has every right to make this nomination, and the Senate has every right not to confirm a nominee."