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Minutes after Scalia’s death right-wingers seek to block nominee Obama hasn’t even appointed yet

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Shawn/Flickr)

Just minutes after the public learned Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving Supreme Court judge, had died of natural causes on Saturday, conservatives were already vowing to block any future high court nominations from President Barack Obama.

Scalia’s death comes in the midst of a hotly contentious election year, with candidates battling it out to win their party nominations.

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GOP candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced that conservatives should block Obama a mere hour and a half after Scalia was pronounced dead.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed him.

Conn Carroll, a key staffer for Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) was also vowing to block the nominations, which have not been made yet.

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He later recoiled in horror at the media talking about the political implications of the justice’s death.

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GOP candidate Donald Trump also rushed to comment on the loss of Scalia.

Fox News host Todd Starnes also vowed that the Republicans wouldn’t let any Obama nomination pass.

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Craig Parshall, a constitutional attorney for the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, wrote:

 

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Many others weighed in on the demand that seating a new justice is halted till after the election, with the extra caveat that they wanted the decision to wait not just till after the 2016 election, but until a Republican gets elected president.

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