NBC reporter Ron Allen suggested Wednesday that Obama supporters might be disappointed by the president’s pick for the next Supreme Court justice because he is a “white male.”

“There’s going to be a lot of concern about this choice by many people who are Obama supporters who wanted to see more diversity on the court. This selection is a white male,” Allen said, minutes before Obama formally announced D.C. Circuit Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland as his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Some pundits had predicted that Obama would nominate D.C. Circuit Court Associate Judge Sri Srinivasan, making him the first Indian-American justice to serve on the nation’s highest court.

As Allen also pointed out, a number of African-Americans and women were under consideration for the coveted position.

Senate Republicans have said repeatedly that they will not even hold hearings to confirm Obama’s nominee, regardless of who was tapped. Obama challenged his political opponents during his announcement from the White House Rose Garden, saying, “I have fulfilled my constitutional duty. Now it’s time for the Senate to do theirs.”

(H/T: Mediaite)

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