President Obama is about to steal the spotlight from GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, right after he racked up some big wins last night in yesterday’s primaries.
As predicted, President Obama will move ahead this week with nominated his pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. This morning, President Obama tweeted confirmation of this, using his new @SCOTUSnom Twitter handle, which the administration created to make announcement related to his the president’s SCOTUS pick.
— SCOTUS Nomination (@SCOTUSnom) March 16, 2016
Via The New York Times:
President Obama will announce on Wednesday his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, even in the face of Republican vows not to consider his nominee, Mr. Obama said in an email to supporters sent from the White House.
The president, in a move that could shape the nation’s highest court for a generation, will present his nominee during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House, officials said. It is expected to kick off a monthslong political stalemate and to become a searing issue on the campaign trail.
“As president, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a justice and one of the most important decisions that I — or any president — will make,” Mr. Obama said in the email. “In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job. I hope that our senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee.”
Mr. Obama will announce his choice at 11 a.m.
As Republicans have vowed to not consider the president’s nominee in this election year, Obama’s choice to go ahead with his nomination is bound to add another layer of powerful fuel to an already heated election cycle.
Are you ready?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]