Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, sat through his second day of confirmation hearings on Tuesday.
During Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) interview period, he spoke of the way the court’s vacancy came about. But in an attempt to reference Scalia’s passing, Graham mistakenly said the name of another justice:
Lindsey Graham just mistakenly killed Samuel Alito: “Justice Alito passed away in February…” pic.twitter.com/XJfwVc2x93
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 21, 2017
“Justice Alito passed away in February,” Graham said, referring to the very much alive Justice Samuel Alito, and continued on his speech.
Appointments to the Supreme Court are life-long. Vacancies only occur by way of death or resignation.
Graham reportedly caught his mistake later on:
Sen Graham on saying Justice Alito had died: "Bad news, bad mistake! It'd be news to him! I meant Scalia, I need to correct the record."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) March 21, 2017