Thursday, January 5, 2017

McConnell shocked, shocked! that Democrats might block Trump SCOTUS nominee

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says he and his colleagues are perfectly fine with blocking a Supreme Court nominee from popular vote loser Donald Trump. After all, as Republicans have proven, an eight-member court can function if it has to.
“It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support,” the New York Democrat told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday night.
Asked if he would do his best to hold the seat open, Schumer responded, “Absolutely.” […]
Schumer said Democrats are going to push for a “mainstream” nominee. He noted that Supreme Court nominees are subject to a filibuster, meaning 60 votes are necessary to end debate on the nomination. Republicans hold 52 seats in the new Congress, meaning some Democrats would have to back Trump’s pick for the nomination to move forward.
To which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took unbelievably hypocritical umbrage: "The American people simply will not tolerate" Democrats blocking Trump's SCOTUS nominee, he says. There's an awful lot of competition for worst person in the world, but Mitch has to be in the top five.

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