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Warren Links SCOTUS Fight to White House Race

Elizabeth Warren suggested on Wednesday that the Supreme Court race was just as important as the White House race and that the two processes were linked together.

“If you want to stop extremism in your party, you can start by showing the American people that you respect the president of the United State and the Constitution enough to do your job, right here, in the United States Senate,” Warren said Wednesday.

The Hill reports:

Her remarks come as Republicans have pledged for weeks that they will not give Obama’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia a hearing, a vote, or — in some cases — even a meeting.

She added that the Supreme Court fight and the rise of Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the top of the GOP presidential field were the “same issue” and it’s time for Republican senators to “make a decision.”

“For too long, Republicans in this Senate wanted to have it both ways: they want to feed the ugly lies and nullify the Obama presidency while also claiming that they can govern responsibly,” she said. “[But] candidates motivated by bigotry and resentment… are on the verge of winning the Republican Party’s nomination for president.”

Warren — who said Republicans have been blocking Obama nominees for years — added that they’re “in a panic because the party seems on the verge of nominating one of two extremists for president. …[who] Republicans worry will lead their party to defeat in November. ”

Warren isn’t alone in linking the two issues.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), as well as top Democratic aides, have spent weeks slamming Republicans suggesting they were following the lead of Trump who has called on the Senate to “delay” an Obama nominee.

Republicans, however, have rejected the argument that their stance is tied to politics, instead saying they want to give voters the chance to weigh in by voting in the next election.

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