Allie Remis

Arts and Culture

The death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia left an empty seat on the bench on February 13 of this year. Although it is the Constitutional responsibility of the Senate to hold a hearing to approve the president’s nominee, the proximity to this year’s presidential election has made this process a partisan decision.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, GOP Sen. Susan Collins said, “The president, whether Republicans like him or not, is our president until next January.”

Multiple Republicans in Congress have publicly spoken out to say that they won’t vote for Donald Trump even if he is the GOP nominee, so why won’t more of them speak out about this issue? One senator doing so is Sen. Susan Collins who recently admitted that there is no premise to block this nominee.

I could respect them for not approving someone unfit for office, but to refuse to hold a hearing is unconstitutional. Until they have another reason besides thinking they have a chance at electing a Republican president who will nominate a more conservative justice, I will stay angry.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland was announced on March 16. According to, Merrick has more federal experience any other Supreme Court nominee in history. He is currently on the D.C. Circuit Court.