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It’s no secret Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is obsessed with judges. He’s called the decision not to fill a Supreme Court vacancy under former President Barack Obama “the most consequential decision I’ve ever made in my entire public career” and declared the judiciary his “top priority” in the Senate. And on Tuesday, following a series of Supreme Court rulings that sided with the Trump administration, he straight-up gloated about his judicial heist.

To review: in March 2016, McConnell cited “principle” as the motivating factor in his refusal to take action on Merrick Garland, whom Obama had nominated to the Supreme Court after the death of Antonin Scalia. The decision was so integral in the appointment of Neil Gorsuch that the president thanked McConnell during Gorsuch’s swearing-in ceremony for “all he did to make this achievement possible”

Tuesday, after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trump’s travel ban—deciding, in essence, that Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric has no bearing on his executive order—McConnell’s team took to Twitter to boast about the ruling.

Trump also weighed in on the Supreme Court ruling, calling it “a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and the Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.”

Read his full statement below:

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.

Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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