Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sat down with NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning, when he urged Republicans to work with Democrats to “produce a mainstream [Supreme Court] nominee” instead of changing the rules to ram through Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee.
Schumer told Meet the Press that “it looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin” needed to secure his nomination to the highest nation’s highest court.
Schumer said point blank:
‘So instead of changing the rules — which is up to Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Republican majority — why doesn’t President Trump, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate sit down and try to come up with a mainstream nominee? Look, when a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules — you should change the nominee.’
In February, President Trump urged Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to change the Senate rules to push through Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch if faced with opposition from Democrats in the Senate.
‘I would say, if you can, Mitch, go nuclear because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web.’
Schumer also noted that McConnell broke precedent last year when he didn’t hold a vote for former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
‘Each side didn’t get their nominee. Let’s sit down and come together. Our Republicans friends are acting like they’re a cat on top of a tree and they have to jump off with all the damage that entails.’
Schumer continued, telling host Chuck Todd Republicans need to “Come back off the tree, sit down, and work with us, and we will produce a mainstream nominee.”
Speaking about Gorsuch, Schumer added:
‘This is not a mainstream choice, he’s way far over.’
McConnell told Fox News Sunday Gorsuch will be confirmed this week one way or another — suggesting that the nomination will be pushed through the Senate if Democrats attempt to filibuster.
‘Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed. The way in which that occurs is in the hands of the Democratic minority.’
Watch Schumer’s comments in the clip below, via Twitter:
Sen. Schumer on Gorsuch nominee: "When a nominee doesn't get 60 votes, you shouldn't change the rules — you should change the nominee." pic.twitter.com/1QmmZZSkcT
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 2, 2017
Feature Image is a screengrab via Twitter.