Schumer: Trump Should Have Consulted with Senate Dems Before Picking SCOTUS Nominee
SCHUMER: “Let’s have the President consult members of both parties — he didn’t, he didn’t with Gorsuch — and try to come up with a consensus nominee who could meet a 60-vote threshold. That’s what president Clinton did with my friend, the senator from Utah, in selecting Justices Ginsburg and Breyer. It’s what President Obama did with Merrick Garland. Of course, we realize a nominee selected this way would not agree with many of our views. That’s true. But President Trump was elected president and he’s entitled by the Constitution to nominate. But Judge Gorsuch is so far out of the mainstream that The Washington Post said his voting record would place him to the right of Justice Thomas. He was selected by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society without an iota of input from the Senate. There’s a better way to do this. I know it sometimes may seem like a foreign concept in our hyper-polarized politics these days, but there is always the option of actually consulting us Democrats on a nominee and discussing a way forward that both parties can live with. We are willing to meet anywhere, any time."