Speed Reads


Chuck Schumer reportedly told President Trump to nominate Merrick Garland

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) just can't let the whole Merrick Garland thing go.

Schumer reportedly called President Trump and told him to re-nominate Garland to the Supreme Court, a source tells The Washington Post. But this wasn't last year in a wild attempt to resuscitate former President Barack Obama's nominee for late Justice Antonin Scalia's spot. Schumer called Tuesday, apparently to suggest Garland replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

This is the same Garland who Obama nominated in March 2016 to replace Scalia. The same Garland who Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to have a Senate hearing for, holding out until Trump was inaugurated 10 months later and could present his own nominee. The same Garland who Democrats begged America not to forget.

Schumer's likely doomed phone call lasted less than five minutes, per the Post. He reportedly suggested Garland could unite the country, and again cautioned the president to avoid a nominee who'd hurt ObamaCare and abortion rights.

Several reports say Trump has narrowed his SCOTUS pick down to three potential nominees as of Thursday. Surprisingly, none of them are Garland.