Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat The Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over healthcare MORE said Wednesday that Republicans will not accept any Democratic efforts to block a Supreme Court nominee chosen by President-elect Trump.
“Apparently there’s yet a new standard now to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all,” McConnell said. "I think that’s something the American people simply will not tolerate and we’ll be looking forward to receiving a Supreme Court nomination and moving forward on it.”
Speaking on Capitol Hill Wednesday alongside Vice President-elect Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PencePence meets his 'second-favorite Ron and Nancy' Sanford: 'Testosterone can get you in trouble' Flynn discussed how to 'whisk' away cleric wanted by Turkey: report MORE, McConnell responded to Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerAndrew Cuomo 2020? Democrats should say 'Fugetaboutit' Dems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee Could Trump and the Democrats make 'ObamaCare Lite' any lighter? MORE’s statement that Democrats would not accept on a Supreme Court nominee they wouldn’t approve of.
“We’re not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday. “If they don’t appoint someone who’s really good, we’re gonna oppose him tooth and nail.”
In his MSNBC appearance, Schumer said he doubted Trump would ever choose a candidate Democrats would support.
"It's hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSessions says grants to be withheld from sanctuary cities German government denies receiving NATO invoice from Trump Breitbart denied congressional press passes: report MORE chooses that would get Republican support that we could support," Schumer said.
In his remarks Wednesday, McConnell accused Schumer of instituting an "expansion of the Biden rule"—a reference to a 1992 speech given by then-Senator Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: I regret not being president Biden: 'McCain is right: Need select committee' for Russia With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE arguing that any Supreme Court opening should be filled after that year's presidential election. Republicans have used Biden's 1992 speech to justify their block on Garland's nomination.