Judge Merrick Garland speaks after being introduced by U.S. President Barack Obama as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Judge Merrick Garland speaks after being introduced by U.S. President Barack Obama as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC.

*Washington, D.C.  –  The following is a statement by Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper on President Obama’s nomination of a candidate to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court:

The White House believes it can hide behind the notion that the U.S. Senate should “do its duty” and act on his nominee. Perhaps if the President had done his duty to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” he would have a case.

Having undermined and disregarded the Constitution (including holding the dubious distinction of being the modern President with the most unanimous losses before the Supreme Court), this President has no moral authority to attack the Senate or to name a new nominee to the Court who would roll back the freedoms the American people cherish.

Horace Cooper is an adjunct fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, co-chairman of Project 21 and a legal commentator. Mr. Cooper averages over 400 talk radio appearances per year representing Project 21, in addition to regular television appearances and interviews by the print media, also for Project 21.

Mr. Cooper taught constitutional law at George Mason University in Virginia and was general counsel to U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

Project 21 has been a leading voice of black conservatives since its founding in 1992.

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