WASHINGTON -- Now that the GOP has settled on its presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, a Democratic-aligned group is releasing a video contrasting the businessman with the nominee Senate Republicans refuse to embrace: Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland.
The video highlights the near universal praise heaped on President Barack Obama's choice to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, compared to the scorn and invective hurled at Trump -- by Republicans.
It notes that time that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Trump a "race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot," offering language very similar to what would become The Huffington Post's editor's note at the bottom of stories on the tangelo-topped reality TV personality.
Establishment Republicans beyond Graham, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), were never thrilled at the prospect of The Donald being their choice to be president, but GOP voters have forced the choice upon them, and most are accepting it.
Democrats are hoping they will also listen to voters who are threatening to punish the GOP in the fall for refusing to act on Garland, leaving the tie-breaking Supreme Court seat vacant for more than a year.
"Sen. McConnell is refusing to do his job because he wants Donald Trump -- a racist, sexist, misogynistic, nativist, isolationist, pathological liar who said he would date his daughter if they weren't related and won't rule out using nuclear weapons in the Middle East -- to make the next appointment to the Supreme Court," said a statement Thursday from Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, which is releasing the spot.
His group has also been running a tour of nine states where Republican senators are up for re-election and potentially facing anger from voters for the obstruction.
"McConnell’s Senate majority was hanging by a thread before the vacancy even became an issue," Woodhouse said. "Add Trump to the equation and voters now wondering whether the Supreme Court seat will ultimately be filled by someone who thinks women should be jailed for seeking an abortion, and McConnell may as well hand over his gavel and change his letterhead to Senate Minority Leader now."