The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has launched a new social media campaign, #FillTheSeat, to push Republican senators to confirm Obama’s Supreme Court nominee instead of obstructing the confirmation until after the presidential election. Republicans have actively pushed a narrative in the media that Obama should allow his successor to replace the recently deceased conservative judge Antonin Scalia.
Republicans have repeatedly claimed that Presidents don’t appoint Supreme Court justices during their final year in office, but a quick look at the current make up of the court proves that isn’t true. Justice Anthony Kennedy was nominated by President Ronald Reagan during his final year; the senate unanimously confirmed the nomination after an unprecedented background investigation.
As the DNC pushes back on Republican’s wild claims, they’ve released a video specifically targeted to the LGBTQ community.
“With last year’s marriage equality case, the Supreme Court has changed the legal landscape for LGBT Americans,” Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) said on a call with reporters announcing the video and social media campaign. “But our community’s history with the Court dates back far beyond the marriage cases, and will continue into the future as we continue striving to achieve full equality. It’s still legal for private employers to fire someone for being gay in 28 states and for being trans in 30 states.”