Shortly after Justice Scalia's death Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice."
McConnell expounded on his obtuse statement several days later by explaining that:
He [the president] has every right to nominate someone. Even if doing so will inevitably plunge our nation into another bitter and avoidable struggle, that is his right. Even if he never expects that nominee to actually be confirmed but rather to wield as an electoral cudgel, that is his right. But he has also has the right to make a different choice. He can let the people decide and make this an actual legacy-building moment rather than just another campaign roadshow.McConnell and many Republicans refuse to comprehend that more than 69 million voters decided in 2008 to make Obama president. Their disbelief was compounded when almost 66 million voters returned him to the White House in 2012.
These votes illustrate that the majority of the American electorate trust their elected leader to make all sorts of critical decisions including sending names to the Judiciary Committee for consideration. It is the committee's responsibility to review the President's choices.
To deny a president this right shows the animus that the Republican party has for a black president. Black lives don't matter and neither do black presidential decisions.