'Weak and spineless' Mitt Romney hit with Twitter firestorm over support for GOP Supreme Court vote

'Weak and spineless' Mitt Romney hit with Twitter firestorm over support for GOP Supreme Court vote
Mitt Romney, image via Gage Skidmore / Flickr.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) met the wrath of Twitter after confirming his intent to support Republicans' move to abruptly fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's newly-vacated Supreme Court seat.


After days of speculation, Romney took to Twitter with a statement about his stance on the Supreme Court vacancy. The Utah senator appeared to justify his decision to consider Trump's nominee as he referred to Trump's presidential power according to the Constitution.

He tweeted, "The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees. Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications."

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Shortly, after Romney announced that he would be taking President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee into consideration, Twitter users fired back with a firestorm of tweets mocking and criticizing his decision. Others have highlighted the hypocrisy in Romney's current stance compared to his position on previous issues.

For some Twitter users, Romney's decision came as a surprise considering his lone stance on a number of other important issues. During Trump's impeachment trial, Romney was the only Senate Republican who sided with Democratic lawmakers on the president being guilty of abusing power.

As protests erupted across the country following the death of George Floyd, Romney not only expressed support of police reform but also marched with protesters in Washington, D.C. Romney was also reminded of that.

Romney was also criticized for supporting a president who he previously believed committed impeachable actions.

Romney's decision comes just days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sparked outrage with his announcement to replace Ginsburg just hours after her death. Although it typically takes an average of approximately 71 days to confirm a new judge, Senate Republicans are hoping to push the confirmation of a Conservative judge with less than 45 days until the upcoming November election.

Trump is expected to announce his Supreme Court nominee by Friday or Saturday of this week.

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