During an interview on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made it clear that Democrats plan to block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Schumer is going to force Gorsuch to get 60 votes or be replaced by a new nominee.
Schumer said that Senate Democrats weren’t impressed by Gorsuch, and he warned that it is going to be hard for him to get 60 votes. Schumer said, “Everyone should have to get 60 votes.” He added, “If a judge can’t 60 votes, you don’t change the rules, you change the judge or the nominee.”
Senate Democratic Leader Schumer made it clear where this is going. Senate Democrats are going to filibuster and require Gorsuch to get 60 votes for confirmation. Since there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate for Trump’s nominee, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have an interesting decision to make. Either McConnell will change the rules to require a simple majority for Supreme Court confirmation, or Gorsuch will sit in Merrick Garland limbo land until there are 60 Republicans in the Senate, or Trump picks a new nominee.
The House win on health care has emboldened Democrats. Senate Democrats were already planning on stopping Gorsuch, but with momentum on their side, they are now looking to hand Donald Trump a devastating series of defeats that will crush his presidency, and make it clear that despite his promises of winning, Trump is nothing but a loser in the Oval Office.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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