Now, this takes some nerve.
House Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is upset with President Donald Trump for not consulting him prior to making his Supreme Court Justice pick.
Hours before Trump made his pick, Schumer took to the Senate floor to whine about not being consulted him or other Democrats.
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“In the old days, the president would consult with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate on a qualified judge and then after careful deliberation, nominate a jurist that could get bipartisan support,” the New York Democrat said.
“What we have here is the exact opposite,” he added. “The president has gone to two far out-of-the-mainstream, hard right groups, the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, and asked them – not the Senate – to advise and consent on a Supreme Court nomination.”
He blasted the pro-life positions of people on Trump’s list and he attacked one of the people providing Trump with legal advice on the matter, Leonard Leo.
“No one has been more dedicated to overturning Roe v. Wade than Leonard Leo,” he said.
“Whomever the president selects tonight,” Schumer warned, “if that nominee is from the pre-approved list selected by Leo and the Heritage Foundation, everyone ought to understand what it means for the freedom of women to make their own health care decisions and for the protection for Americans with preexisting conditions.”
Schumer’s whining is a bit precious given that they have spent every day since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement attacking Trump and the GOP – blaming them for not getting Merrick Garland – saying they would fight anyone that Trump nominated. In the words of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, they would “get revenge” for Barack Obama.
Schumer himself over the past several days has blasted all the top candidates for the post. Trump didn’t need to personally ask him, Schumer’s ‘opinion’ was already blasted all over the media.
Because Democrats don’t have the majority in the Senate and because they themselves did away with the filibuster rule, they face a tough road to try to stop the nominee from getting confirmed. There are 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats. So they have to hold all their people while trying to peel away two GOP.
But Schumer said he was ready for the battle.
“I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same,” he said, according to The Hill. “The stakes are simply too high for anything less.”