The White House is taking the battle for the Supreme Court to Twitter with a new account dedicated to information about its nominee for the highest court in the land.
President Barack Obama announced Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for the High Court vacancy caused by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday at 11 am. However, a new account from the administration, @SCOTUSNom, began tweeting hours before that.
It is the first time a White House has dedicated a Twitter account to the Supreme Court nomination process.
The account is making the case for Garland’s approval, though many Republican senators have said they won’t even consider him. It live-tweeted the president’s announcement, quoted Obama and President Ronald Reagan, and posted statistics about past election-year nominations.
Bringing a controversial issue to Twitter is not unusual for the Obama administration. Last year, it created an account to support the nuclear deal with Iran. It also uses the @FactsOnClimate handle to broadcast its stance on climate change.
Shortly after news leaked that Garland was the president’s choice, an anti-confirmation parody account called "SCOTUS, no!" also popped up.
Both sides also scrambled to edit Garland’s Wikipedia page.
Begun, the Garland Wikipedia wars have pic.twitter.com/tjPE8uXEMm— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 16, 2016