Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday threatened any Senate Democrats who do not block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee with primary challenges in their next election.
Trump announced his pick of Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday, setting up a fierce confirmation battle between Democrats and Republicans.
This Supreme Court pick was Obama's to make and it was stolen by Republicans. Democrats had better block this and demand a nom we approve.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 1, 2017
Senate Dems, let's be very clear: You will filibuster & block this SC nom or we will find a true progressive and primary u in next election.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 1, 2017
Trump repeatedly vowed during his 2016 presidential run that he would fill Scalia’s vacancy with a conservative similar to the late judge. Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, seemingly fits that mold.
Gorsuch will face an uphill confirmation process, however, due to the stakes surrounding the makeup of the nation's highest court.
Senate Democrats remain bitter about GOP efforts last year halting Merrick Garland, former President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, from getting a vote or even a hearing.
Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyLawmakers call on Olympic committee to press China on human rights abuses Senate Democrats call on Biden to push for COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers at WTO The Hill's Morning Report - Ins and outs: Powell renominated at Fed, Parnell drops Senate bid MORE (D-Ore.) has vowed to filibuster any nominee from Trump, meaning Gorsuch would require 60 votes under current rules.