Understandably, Sen. Schumer was disappointed by Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s election loss. Schumer said he was down for about three days following the election results, but he suddenly found encouragement on the fourth day. He told Politico, “It was like a thunderbolt hit me, almost a message from God.”
Sen. Schumer said:
“I said to myself, ‘If Hillary won, and you were majority leader, the job would be more fun and it would be a lot easier. And, most importantly, you’d get to do some good things, but with Trump as president, and you as minority leader, the job is much more important. That has fueled me ever since.”
Last week, Schumer announced Senate Democrats plan to filibuster Gorsuch’s confirmation. In order to come to cloture to move into a vote, 60 votes are needed. Schumer is now saying that they will need a way to get past this because he intends to have the confirmation filibustered and blocked.
“After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be ‘no,’ and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”
Interestingly, there is very little criticism that has been made of Gorsuch himself as a nominee. Rather, they have argued that his nomination should be blocked based on the Republican’s treatment of Merrick Garland in the past. They continue to argue that because he was blocked, any Republican should be as well.
It is not yet clear how many Democrats plan to Schumer. Illinois Senator and Minority Whip Dick Durbin has made it clear that he is strongly considering supporting Gorsuch.
What do you think about Sen. Schumer’s claims of a message from God? Is he in the right to resist confirming SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch? Let us know what you think in the comments below!