Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said Democrats won't be able to stop the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, The Washington Post reports.
"Judge Gorsuch as you know is extraordinary well qualified. It's almost amusing to watch our Democratic friends to come up with some rationale for opposition," McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, told reporters at the Capitol.
"Several have suggested that a Supreme Court justice needs to get 60 votes. I think you already know no Supreme Court justice has ever been stopped with a partisan filibuster. … That is obviously what the Democratic leader has announced they will do.
"We are optimistic that they will not be successful in keeping this good man from joining the Supreme Court very soon."
McConnell, according to Reuters, said Gorsuch will be confirmed on "Friday of next week."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would filibuster the nominee and 26 Democrats in total have publicly announced opposition to Gorsuch.
Republicans only have a simple majority of 52 seats in the Senate and would need eight Democrats to support Gorsuch in order to prevent a filibuster unless the rules are altered to have only 51 needed to prevent such a move.
"The bottom line is very simple, and that is that Gorsuch did not acquit himself well at the hearings and did not impress our caucus," Schumer said.
"It's going to be a real uphill climb for him to get those 60 votes," Schumer told reporters.
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