Following the announcement that President Obama would nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, conservatives immediately took to Twitter to criticize the decision and demand that the Republican-controlled Senate block him from getting a vote.
Obama said Garland is "widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence. These qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration from leaders from both sides of the aisle." Obama also asked for Garland to be given "a fair hearing, and then an up or down vote":
Block Merrick Garland. I don’t have to figure out why.
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) March 16, 2016
— MR (@MikeRotondo86) March 16, 2016
— European Americans (@EuroAmericans) March 16, 2016
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 16, 2016
wow so shocked so honored to learn Obama nominated my level 41 elf druid Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court
— jake hyland IRL (@AdjectiveNouns) March 16, 2016