Twitter users on Thursday invoked the blocked Supreme Court nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandToxic McConnell-Schumer relationship strains impeachment talks McConnell takes heat from all sides on impeachment Appeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records MORE to criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublican group targets Graham in ad calling for fair Senate trial Democratic presidential candidates react to Trump impeachment: ‘No one is above the law’ Trump attacks Schumer at fiery rally in Michigan MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRepublican group targets Graham in ad calling for fair Senate trial Senate GOP blasts impeachment: ‘The mob took over the House’ On The Trail: A historic vote that defines legacies MORE (R-S.C.) over their handling of the impending Senate impeachment trial.
McConnell and Graham have both criticized House Democrats for their Wednesday night vote to impeach President Trump on two articles: obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
McConnell railed against the vote during a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday, calling it a “slapdash process” fueled by “partisan rage” that created a “toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future.”
Graham went after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublican group targets Graham in ad calling for fair Senate trial Trump attacks Schumer at fiery rally in Michigan Schumer, Pelosi to meet as Democrats debate tactics MORE (D-Calif.), accusing her of committing “Constitutional extortion” if she did not allow the Senate to promptly act on the House-approved articles of impeachment.
Twitter users criticized the two senators and accused McConnell of hypocrisy, noting his stonewalling of Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 2016. Garland’s nomination by former President Obama was blocked in the GOP-controlled Senate by McConnell, who refused to hold a hearing until after the 2016 presidential election.
More than 37,000 tweets included Garland’s name, making it trend on the platform across the United States on Thursday.
Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers This week: Impeachment inquiry moves to Judiciary Committee Juan Williams: Trump has nothing left but smears MORE (D-Conn.) wrote that senators who never gave Garland a vote “can’t find enough smelling salts and fainting couches when Pelosi plays a little hardball on an impeachment trial.”
Actor George Takei of “Star Trek” fame, a noted Trump critic, wrote that Pelosi “may throw Mitch McConnell’s plan to fix the trial for Trump … we need payback for Merrick Garland, and I’m here for it.”
Screenwriter and television producer Robert Schooley wrote: “If there’s anything Republicans absolutely cannot abide it’s when Democrats have the audacity to fight back. Merrick Garland says, ‘Hi,’ Lindsay.”
Thousands of others took to Twitter to mention Garland, who currently serves as the chief judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached when the House voted almost entirely along party lines to approve the articles related to his Ukraine dealings.
Moments after the historic vote, Pelosi declined to say when — or even if — Democrats would deliver the articles to the Senate over concerns that the GOP-controlled upper chamber will not conduct and impartial trial.
McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he’s “not impartial about this at all.”