Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought his frustrations with the Democratic party to the chamber floor Wednesday, saying his counterparts would filibuster any Supreme Court nominee presented by President Donald Trump — including liberal Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
McConnell read from prepared remarks and said the Democratic blockade of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has roots outside the halls of the U.S. Capitol.
"He received the highest possible rating from a group the Democratic leader called the gold standard for evaluating judicial nominations, the American Bar Association," McConnell said of Gorsuch. "He's earned high praise from across the political spectrum, with Democrats and Republicans alike attesting to his qualifications, his fairness, and his impartiality.
"And yet, the Democratic leadership is now determined to block his confirmation with the first successful partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in American history."
McConnell then got to the meat of his argument.
"If a widely praised nominee like this can't get past the Democratic filibuster, then no nominee of a Republican president could," he said. "Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg if President Trump nominated her.
"We all know why: Democrats are bowing to hard-left special interests that can't get over the results of the election, and thus are demanding complete Democratic opposition to everything this president touches."
Ginsburg was critical of Trump during his presidential campaign, saying last summer she would contemplate moving to New Zealand if Trump became president.
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