Seth Meyers takes ‘A Closer Look’ at the swift reaction to Antonin Scalia’s death

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In the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death this weekend, Seth Meyers takes “A Closer Look” at the fight over his vacant seat. “Agree with him or not, Scalia was one of the most consequential jurists in modern American history,” not only known for his decision, but his colorful language, peppering decisions with words like “jiggery-pokery” and “argle-bargle,” “which of course decided the landmark case, Swedish Chef V. Eggs.” With his death, though the language has not been so fun.

Before Obama could even respond to Scalia’s passing, Mitch McConnell announced that there should be no new Justice while Obama is in office, and in the latest raucous Republican debate, candidates fought hard against a replacement. Rubio said the next president should “put people on the bench who understand the constitution is not a living and breathing document, but should be interpreted as it was originally meant.” Seth responds, “Yes, interpret the constitution as it was originally meant, except when it says ‘The President shall nominate Judges of the Supreme Court.'” But Rubio is right, that part was meant to be sarcastic, which is why the writers followed it with a shrug emoji ¯_(ツ)_/¯.

Republicans don’t even want Obama to try to nominate a new Justice, but Seth ponders the consequences, saying “your party might nominate [Trump” /], and then we’ll end up with Supreme Court Justice Gary Busey.” Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, was asked at a recent town hall if she would consider nominating Barack Obama to the Supreme Court. Seth thinks that would be worth it just to Ted Cruz’s head explode.

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