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Chuck Schumer Talks out of Both Sides of His Mouth on Gorsuch

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) justified the Democrats’ filibuster of Neil Gorsuch by flatly denying that Democrats would refuse to confirm any Trump Supreme Court nomination:

But Schumer had already given the game away when he appealed to his base on this issue months ago. On the December 31 episode of Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC program, Schumer said that he would “absolutely” do his best to keep the seat open.

He didn’t hide that his reasoning hinged on Donald Trump, saying, “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support.”

The Left understandably interpreted this as a promise to block anyone Trump nominated, so even when it turned out to be a judge with a sterling record and the highest rating of the American Bar Association, Schumer’s own assurances compelled him to organize a filibuster. Now he is arguing that the Supreme Court has always required a “60-vote threshold,” and denying that Trump has anything to do with it.

Shifting the argument to the supposed unfitness of Neil Gorsuch belies the record. Schumer clearly argued that he planned on opposing whomever Trump nominated; another unimpeachable, textualist judge would not please Schumer one bit.

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