President Donald Trump today said that he would encourage Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to change Senate rules to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, with just 50 votes, rather than the 60 currently needed to confirm justices to the Supreme Court.
Trump spoke to reporters at a White House meeting one day after he announced his decision to nominate Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
He said in regards to the ‘nuclear option’:
“If we end up with the same gridlock we’ve had in Washington for longer than eight years … I would say, ‘If you can, Mitch, go nuclear. Because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was put up to that neglect. I would say it’s up to Mitch, but I would say, ‘Go for it,”
McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt this morning that he thought Democrats would eventually back down, and that he would not have to use the ‘nuclear option’.
McConnell also made clear that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to confirm Gorsuch to the bench.
McConnell who is widely known for defending the Senate’s arcane procedures and for upholding the tradition of civility that has long defined the nation’s highest legislative body, contrasts widely to the President’s approach to changing the rules.
On the other end of the isle, Merrick Garland recently came out and said that Gorsuch does indeed deserve a fair and swift hearing for his confirmation to the bench.
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