One of Trump’s biggest campaign promises was putting in a Supreme Court Justice who agreed with the conservative agenda. As time passed, Judge Neil Gorsuch was chosen as the nominee, but currently, the Senate is in a showdown. If Gorsuch gets elected in, the Supreme Court and America could experience a drastic change for the foreseeable future.
Senate Democrats pulled out all stops just before the crucial votes on Thursday. The attacks came in droves, but many portrayed Gorsuch as an “ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak,” as the Associated Press reports. The Senate Republicans pushed back saying the Democrats were trying to stop him because they were still bitter about Trump’s victory in the elections.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted saying the Democrats would be upset regardless of who it was if Trump nominated them. He then used a liberal sitting justice as an example:
“Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg if President Donald Trump nominated her. There is simply no principled reason to oppose this exceptional, exceptional Supreme Court nominee.”
Democrats are most likely dragging this on because of how McConnell denied consideration to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. That pick was ignored for almost a year after the Justice Antonin Scalia past away. McConnell managed to keep the seat up which has proved to be a big win for the republican party, not to mention Trump.
Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, led a 15-and-a-half-hour overnight talk pointing out the flaws to bringing Gorsuch on to the court:
“For the first time in history, we are considering a nominee for a stolen Supreme Court seat, and that alone should be reason for everyone who cares about this institution to turn down this nominee.”
The Associated Press revealed their thoughts on the filibuster barrier that the senators are wrestling:
“Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said roughly ten senators of both parties worked over the weekend to come up with a deal to stave off the so-called “nuclear option,” as the rules change is known, but couldn’t come to an agreement. In 2005, a bipartisan deal headed off GOP planned to remove the filibuster barrier for lower-court nominees, but in 2013 Democrats took the step, leaving the filibuster in place only for Supreme Court justices.
And now, with political polarization at an extreme, the Senate is on the verge of killing off the Supreme Court filibuster, the one remaining vestige of bipartisanship on presidential appointments. For now, the filibuster barrier on legislation will remain, though many fear it could be the next to go.”
John McCain was much less confident with what could happen:
“I fear that someday we will regret what we are about to do. In fact, I am confident we will. It is imperative we have a functioning Senate where the rights of the minority are protected regardless of which party is in power at that time.”
Ironically, McCain is ready to vote with McConnell because he feels like there is no other option.
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Credit: Associated Press