Thanks to the leadership of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republicans were able to prevent President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court being confirmed.
Ever since then, that has not gone well with all the Democrats, including Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. He had an interview Monday morning, and Guy Benson of Townhall reports in his article.
With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump’s nomination. That means Trump’s nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate. “This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat,” Merkley said in an interview. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”
Benson explains that this seat was obviously not “stolen.”
Let’s be clear: This seat is not “stolen.” Senate Republicans — who were voted into the majority by the American people in 2014, then and again after the 2016 Garland fight — merely followed the precedent recommended by then-Senator Joe Biden in the 1980s, then endorsed by Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer in the waning years of the George W. Bush administration.
So Merkley can whine and complain all he wants, because in reality its all fair game. Confirming a nominee to the Supreme Court requires a lot of questioning and vetting before then. Now we’ll see who President Trump nominates Tuesday night and the entire nation will be watching.
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