In early 2016, when Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton seemed poised to take the White House, the passing of the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia left a seat open on the Supreme Court—a seat whose replacement was constitutionally mandated to be selected by then-President Barack Obama.
The Republican-led Senate, however, said Obama's appointment was during an election year and therefore too close to be considered. The Senate held no hearings and held the seat open for nearly a year.
Flash forward to 2020. Less than 72 hours after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace her.
After only days of hearings, Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and, on Monday, the Senate. She was sworn in later that night and Trump was using the ceremony as a campaign ad by the next morning.
Despite Republican calls in 2016 for the nominee to be decided by the people through the presidential election, Coney Barrett was sworn in after 60 million people had already voted in the 2020 election.
With a potentially generational Supreme Court majority secured, some Republicans removed the mask of solemnity worn for the process and immediately began trolling their enemies.
The first on that list? 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, whose birthday happened to be the same day as Coney Barrett's confirmation.
The Twitter account for Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee tried to troll Clinton with a birthday wish celebrating the latest addition to the Supreme Court.
It's unclear what they were trying to achieve with the tweet other than pettiness.
But their attempt to troll backfired instantly.
For many, it laid bare the priorities of the GOP as a whole.
Some hoped the pettiness would mobilize even more people to vote for Democrats to expand their majority in the House, gain a majority in the Senate, and win the White House.
We won't know until November 3—Election Day—at the earliest whether or not Democrats will be successful in that effort.