In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spat on the spirit of our Constitution by refusing to even hold a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland, who could have been analogous to Justice Anthony Kennedy in many views. Today, I fear our entire nation will suffer the consequences of that unconscionable obstruction.

Say what you will about the division within the Supreme Court, for most of my life it has at least been one thing: representative of America — about half on one side, and half on the other, with the moderate in the middle making the crucial difference. No matter whom President Donald Trump nominates to replace Kennedy, that representativeness — the hallmark of any true republic — is in danger of disappearing, replaced by the rule of the minority.

But McConnell’s logic cuts both ways. By the same thinking that led him to steal Garland’s nomination, we should allow this midterm election to occur before any vote is taken on Kennedy’s replacement. The American people deserve to have their say on senators who may serve as a check on the president, do they not?

One crucial difference: The voice of the American people did NOT choose Trump. He lost by 3 million votes. The chaos of his administration is what happens when a minority rules what should be a republic.

We must not allow hypocrisy to determine America’s future.

Daniel Craig Friend, Provo