Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign celebrated a series of 5-4 Supreme Court rulings favoring Republican and conservative positions Tuesday by sharing a photo on Twitter of the Kentucky senator meeting with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
President Donald Trump appointed Gorsuch to the court after McConnell refused to allow hearings for President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s death in early 2016.
The tweet from the official "Mitch McConnell for Senate" Twitter account came after the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s authority to ban travel to the U.S. from several Muslim majority countries.
Earlier Tuesday, the court ruled against a California law that required crisis pregnancy centers to provide patients with information about abortion. On Monday, the majority upheld a Texas redistricting map that critics had claimed was discriminatory.
Democrats were angered by McConnell’s tweet, accusing him of gloating over what they see as the theft of a Supreme Court seat that should have gone to Obama nominee Merrick Garland.
“As one after another 5-4 rulings of this SCOTUS on voting rights, abortion rights, the travel ban and more are announced, the full meaning of @SenMajLdr ‘s unconscionable, nearly year- long blockade against the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland is manifest,” tweeted former Obama adviser David Axelrod.
Political journalists saw McConnell's response as a fairly brazen bit of trolling at a time when Republicans are chiding Democrats for their incivility.
"McConnell's social team gloating about this suggests Rs are less worried than Ds over the whole 'pissing off the other side will mobilize their voters' thing," wrote Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel.
President Trump welcomed the travel ban ruling as well, tweeting, “Wow!”