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Tea party leader: Republican leaders 'part of the problem' on stalled nominees

Tea party leader: Republican leaders 'part of the problem' on stalled nominees
© Lauren Schneiderman

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin is calling for Republican leadership to step up and help to confirm nominees to vacant positions in the administration. 

During an interview on CSPAN on Sunday, she said there are 100 judicial vacancies.

"There are more vacancies in the judicial system right now, today, than there were in January when Trump was sworn in as president," she said.

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She was pressed on whether that i the fault of the Senate Republican leader or Democrats.

"Well of course Democrats are trying to gum up the system and the Republicans are allowing that to continue to happen," she said.

"There are so many vacancies right now in the administration that it would take 11 years to get through and confirm all of those people," she continued.

"It should not take 11 years to get through putting the people in place who are supposed to support the president. The president has a four-year term, that makes a mockery of our election."

She said the Senate Republican leadership can correct this problem "and make sure that we are serving the results of the elections or they can be part of the problem."

"And right now, what I've seen, is that they are being part of the problem," she said.

"Rather than stepping up and leading and solving the problem."