- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

NBC News correspondent Ron Allen said Thursday that liberals are disappointed that President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, a 60-year-old white man, to the Supreme Court instead of a more diverse candidate.

“I’ve been talking to some Democrats, some activists who the White House has been talking to throughout this process,” Mr. Allen told Brian Williams, according to a clip obtained by the Daily Caller. “And the word I’m hearing is ‘uninspiring.’ I’m also hearing the word ‘disappointing.’”

“The disappointment stems from the fact that Garland — his age, he’s in his sixties — he’s white. He’s from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He’s from Harvard,” he said. “He does not bring what people see as more diversity to the court — diversity in terms of his legal background, diversity in terms of his ethnic background.”

“A lot of Obama’s supporters are going to be questioning” Mr. Obama’s choice, Mr. Allen added.

He also argued that “a big part” of the White House’s strategy is to “make this a very public fight to try and essentially shame the Republicans into holding a hearing and a vote on this nominee.”

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