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Republicans say no go on Garland

Posted at 4:22 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 20:23:50-04

Republicans reacted Wednesday to President Barack Obama nominating Merrick Garland as the 113th Supreme Court Justice.

Most were not positive. Matthew Bramen, a member of the Kern County Young Republicans, said he thought Garland was a "poor choice" from Obama for several reasons.

Bramen said because Supreme Court Justices sit in their position potentially for several decades, that the President needs to look at Judge's track record.

"He [Garland] has a history of challenging the constitution as a living document, versus something that is set in stone, you can't change it, you don't interpret it, it's what it says and that's it," Bramen said.

Republicans say Garland has been anti-Second Amendment and would tilt the Supreme Court balance to a more liberal court.

"It shows what the agenda and the legacy wants to be from this [Obama's] administration and that agenda will be the removal of firearms from people's houses from people's persons," Bramen said.

Senators say they want to wait until the next President is in office, but Bramen said if it's Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, they will have to pick the lesser of two evils.

Senator Mitch McConnell reiterated Wednesday he supports senators' decision to stonewall a vote, saying, "It is the senate's constitutional right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent."

Garland will be on Capitol Hill Thursday to meet with legislators.

The last time the Senate refused to vote on a President's Supreme Court nominee was in 1875.