New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s new top Democrat said Tuesday night “it’s hard for me to imagine” Democratic senators supporting a Supreme Court nomination submitted by Donald Trump.
In an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Senate Minority Leader Schumer took on Trump over a number of issues, calling him a “fake” populist who was “dumb” to continue squabbling with the U.S. intelligence community.
But it was the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February that led to Schumer’s strongest challenge to Donald Trump.
Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s March 16th nomination of U.S. Appeals Judge Merrick Garland for more than nine months — more than twice as long as any other nomination to the court has gone without a vote. Garland’s nomination expired Tuesday as the new 115th Congress was sworn in.
“The consequences are going to be down the road,” Schumer said. “If they don’t appoint somebody good, we’re going to oppose them tooth and nail.”
Asked by Maddow whether he would seek to simply keep the seat open rather than confirm a nominee outside the mainstream, Schumer replied: “Absolutely.”
“We are not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice,” he said.
Suggesting that could be any nominee, he said: “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we Democrats could support.”