Obama ‘This Election Year Has Been So Crazy’

Obama and Merrick Garland Pablo Martinez MonsivaisAP
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President Barack Obama argues that Republicans should confirm his Supreme Court nominee, particularly since Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee.

During an interview with Buzzfeed, Obama said that some Republicans are worried that Trump isn’t even qualified to select a Supreme Court nominee.

“Precisely because this election year has been so crazy, precisely you have a number of Republicans who have said that they are concerned about their nominee,” he said. “It shows you why you don’t want to politicize the Supreme Court appointment.”

He urged Americans to choose a “serious” candidate for president to maintain the integrity of the Supreme Court.

“I think that our country is better off when the Democratic nominee for the presidency and the Republican nominee are both qualified to be president and can be effective,” Obama said. “Because you never know what happens.”

Republicans, he added, had chosen to “fabricate” a rule suggesting that a president didn’t get to make a nomination in an election year.

“Why? Where did that rule come from?” he said, ignoring the so-called “Biden rule” mentioned in a speech his Vice President gave in 1992. 

Obama said it was better to have a serious Republican party and considered it their obligation to vote on a Supreme Court nominee as a “constitutional duty.”