A look back at what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump and others said about Obama's Supreme Court nominee back in 2016.
They had an obligation to their constituents in 2016 to stop Obama's nominee and they have an obligation to their constituents today to put through President Trump's. No qualifier needed. No phony, pretentious excuses.
"We're simply too close to the election, and in the interest of being fair to the American people," the Republican senator said.
The Democratic presidential candidate hasn't released a list of potential candidates for the high court. But legal experts say the pool of qualified prospects is small enough to make some very good educated guesses about who the former veep might nominate if he wins in November.
Don't let anyone tell you this issue is governed by other legal provisions, vague "norms" or historical "precedents" such as the so-called "Biden Rule." There are only two principles that apply, both rooted in Article II of the Constitution.
Over 60 percent of Americans think Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's Supreme Court seat should not be filled until after the upcoming election.
"I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia," the Republican senator from Alaska said.
"You stated a pretty firm principle about Merrick Garland: 'It's wrong to deny voters a chance to way in,'" host Chris Wallace pointed out to the Republican senator from Arkansas.
The current Democratic presidential nominee said in 2016 that he would push ahead with the nomination of a Supreme Court appointee "even a few months before a presidential election."
The South Carolina senator once dared Americans to "use my words against me" during March 2016 remarks, in which he declared the next president—regardless of party—would not fill a Supreme Court vacancy during the final year of their first term.
The Senate neither held hearings nor took a vote on the Obama Supreme Court nominee, who was nominated nine months prior to the 2016 elections.
A vote on the judge's Supreme Court confirmation is expected Friday.
The president is scheduled to discuss the Supreme Court with Senate leaders on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pennsylvania-based judge has written two majority opinions reviewed by the Supreme Court.
If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, it's uncertain whether Republicans would allow a vote on Merrick Garland this year—or if she would nominate a new jurist.
Many viewers turned to YouTube after the Facebook live stream ended abruptly.
In a speech in Wisconsin, Clinton put the future of the court at the center of the election debate.
The Democratic front-runner on Monday urged Americans to consider the Supreme Court when voting.
Mitch McConnell says Merrick Garland could not be confirmed during a "lame duck" congressional session after the presidential election.
The Democratic candidate seemed to criticize President Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Utah's Orrin Hatch and Arizona's Jeff Flake are members of the Judiciary Committee that would hold any confirmation hearings.
Stiff-arming Garland is yet another in the long series of actions that unleashed the Trump-ism that Republicans so fear.