Protesters to hold rally urging Schumer to 'whip the vote' against Supreme Court pick

Protesters to hold rally urging Schumer to 'whip the vote' against Supreme Court pick
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Hundreds of protesters are planning to rally outside of Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' MORE’s (D-N.Y.) office in Manhattan on Monday night to call for him to push Democrats to vote against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE’s Supreme Court nominee.

“Our goal is really to push Sen. Schumer to unite his caucus and oppose Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court,” Liat Olenick, co-president of advocacy organization Indivisible Nation BK, told The Hill.

“That’s part of his role as the minority leader and we feel like there’s so much at stake with this nomination,” Olenick said. “This is an instance where we need a united Democratic front.”


Several New York City chapters of Indivisible Nation, a national grass-roots organization that focuses on opposing Trump’s agenda, are organizing the protest.

Though Schumer’s office declined to comment on the rally, a spokesman said the senator will not be in his office during the 5:30 p.m. protest tonight. He will be in Washington, D.C. 

Schumer has been facing considerable pressure from the left to fight hard against Trump’s nominee, whom the president will announce tonight.

Schumer has said repeatedly that his focus is pushing the two pro-abortion rights Republican senators, whose votes are key to confirming Trump’s nominee, to oppose any candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion.

But the Indivisible chapters are calling for Schumer to do more.

They want him to fight to restore the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominations, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  Trump privately ready to blame Ryan and McConnell if Republicans lose midterms: report MORE (R-Ky.) last year eliminated in favor of a simple majority threshold.

When McConnell enacted the new threshold, he made it possible for the narrow 52-48 Republican majority to nominate Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to the bench.

“51 votes is not enough of a threshold for a position as important as a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court," Indivisible Harlem leader Josh Daniel said in a statement. “After obstructing President Obama’s moderate nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandMajor overhauls needed to ensure a violent revolution remains fictional It’s Mitch McConnell’s Washington – and we’re just living in it Ending the judicial Wheel of Fortune: The need for 18-year Supreme Court terms MORE, Mitch McConnell eliminated the threshold in a partisan effort to consolidate power in the GOP.”

“Sen. Schumer should fight back and demand a restoration of the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees,” Daniel said.

Activists on the left are staging protests to resist Trump’s Supreme Court nominee across the U.S. tonight.

The country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), is organizing a rally for 8:30 p.m. tonight, close to Trump’s announcement.

HRC is asking the Senate to hold the process until after the November 2018 elections, after which Democrats will likely hold more seats.

“Right now, the American people don't have a say in who that person will be — and they should,” HRC said in a statement. “That’s why we’re also calling on the Senate to hold the process until we’ve had an opportunity to vote this November.”