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Why Democrats must take a stand against Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Never forget the lengths the Republicans went to prevent former President Obama's Supreme Court pick.
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Donald Trump will announce next week his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. According to various reports, he has narrowed his choices down to a few extremely conservative white men (a shock, I know). Democrats don't have many weapons to fight this battle other than their outrage, but there's one trigger they should pull: Filibuster this nomination. It won't stop Trump's nominee from joining the Court, but it's still worth doing.

If Democrats take that step, they'll be making clear just how extraordinary the current situation is, because filibusters of Supreme Court nominees are, though not completely unprecedented, highly unusual — the last one was nearly half a century ago, when Republicans filibustered Lyndon Johnson's 1968 nomination of Abe Fortas to be chief justice.

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