The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's discriminatory Muslim ban -- and social media users raged at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for stealing a seat to influence the election.
Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the conservative 5-4 majority to uphold a travel ban ordered by the president who appointed him targeting several Muslim-majority countries, and Twitter users blasted McConnell and other GOP leaders for corrupting the constitutional process to aid Trump.
Obama had appointed Merrick Garland to the seat held by the late Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016 -- nine months before the presidential election -- but McConnell announced about an hour later that he would refuse to consider any nominee by the Democratic president.
SCOTUS incl. Gorsuch who's only there b/c GOP overrode will of the ppl in 2012 & denied 44 an appointment so that t… https://t.co/OL6SqalmLe— Bree Newsome Bass (@Bree Newsome Bass) 1530024080.0
McConnell stole a SCOTUS seat, and now SCOTUS is gutting antitrust law, banning immigration based on religion, and… https://t.co/u5oBIHqGNr— Ken Tremendous (@Ken Tremendous) 1530023361.0
As you watch these 5-4 SCOTUS rulings, remember that stolen seat and how “civility” got us here. https://t.co/48tWJhuiHm— shauna (@shauna) 1530023063.0
perfect example of how DC Etiquette Police didn't give a shit when GOP stole a SCOTUS seat. so no, we don't care… https://t.co/7ILb1iJy7o— Eric Boehlert (@Eric Boehlert) 1530023318.0
A major victory for Trump, Stephen Miller, and white supremacy. A wake up call that the breakdown of foundational b… https://t.co/uAVpokPZ4A— hend amry (@hend amry) 1530023010.0
The Supreme Court upholding the travel ban means that Trump can continue to express his prejudices publicly, implem… https://t.co/pvFUiqTdec— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@Adam Serwer 🍝) 1530023171.0
Why do conservatives support Trump? Neil Gorsuch, the gift that keeps on giving.— Julia Ioffe (@Julia Ioffe) 1530023129.0
my “abolish ICE” is “remove gorsuch from the court”— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse) 1530023474.0
And when Mitch drawls out a precisely contrary rationale for why they have to fill a Supreme Court seat a month bef… https://t.co/EmMf6r8Bm6— Schooley (@Schooley) 1530023984.0
Legal arguments aside, it will be a huge stain on American history that Trump wasn’t destroyed politically for sayi… https://t.co/s6F46UHT36— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1530024981.0
Mitch McConnell stole a Supreme Court seat, has admitted as much, and regularly mocks the entire political press an… https://t.co/JEG9nb0kVc— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1530023613.0