Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (D-N.Y.) says he plans to fight against President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s Supreme Court nominee unless he picks someone Democrats could support.
“We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee,” Schumer said Tuesday in an interview on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“If they don’t appoint someone who’s really good, we’re gonna oppose him tooth and nail.”
Schumer made clear that Democrats will not “make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice.”
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“It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump chooses that would get Republican support that we could support.”
Asked by Maddow whether he would do his best to hold the seat open, Schumer replied: “Absolutely.”
After Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace him on the Supreme Court. But Senate Republicans blocked him, refusing to hold hearings or votes.
“The consequences are going to be down the road,” Schumer said of the GOP’s decision to block Obama’s nominee.