2.1.17: Tell Congress: say no to Trump's SCOTUS nominee -- no matter what
Senate Republicans think we've forgotten that they stole this Supreme Court seat from Barack Obama
We all know the backstory. Shameless obstructionist and, more recently, Trump shill Mitch McConnell insisted that “the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.” Never mind the non-alternative fact that we had a president in February 2016 who had a margin of victory of at least five million votes in not one but two elections, and who picked as his nominee the very moderate Merrick Garland.
So, fast forward to November 2016. What did the American people say? Hillary Clinton won the popular vote 66 million to 63 million. Margin of victory for Donald Trump? Negative three million.
The answer is simple. The answer is no. Republicans in Congress blocked Merrick Garland’s nomination before the Senate for 293 days. They wouldn't even hold a hearing. There was no rush in February of 2016, so what’s the rush now? Today's call to action: Call and ask Democratic Senators to wait a minimum of 293 days before considering any Trump SCOTUS nominee, and remind Republican Senators that we haven't forgotten about Merrick Garland.
Here are some scripts you can use:
For Republican* Senators:
My name is [your name], and I'm a constituent of [Senator]. I'm calling to tell the Senator this: I haven't forgotten that [you, or your party if it's a new Senator] stole a Supreme Court seat from President Obama. You blocked Obama before he even had a nominee, and then blocked Merrick Garland's nomination for 293 days. I want you to know I'll do everything in my power to pressure Senate Democrats to give Trump's nominee the same consideration you gave President Obama's.
For Democratic Senators:
My name is [your name], and I'm a constituent of [Senator]. I'm calling with a very simple message for the Senator: the GOP stole a Supreme Court seat that belonged to President Obama, and I want you to do anything in your power to delay, obstruct, and stop Donald Trump's nominee from being confirmed. We have not forgotten the GOP's dirty tricks--they sat on Merrick Garland's nomination for 293 days. You can't forget either: you should wait at least 293 days before considering a nominee of Trump's.
* We've heard from friends and colleagues that the best way to get the attention of Republican Congressional reps is to play up any characteristic you have that will appeal to them. So if you're a Christian, working-class mom in Pennsylvania calling Republican Pat Toomey, tell him that. Regardless of who you are, sharing more about yourself and why these issues matter to you gives you more leverage with your reps.