Senator Chuck Schumer was asked a very awkward question in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday.
The Democratic minority leader held a press conference in front of the Supreme Court to decry Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has received scorn from liberals who claim he will overturn Roe v. Wade and repeal Obamacare.
Before taking questions, Schumer attacked conservative outlets The Heritage Foundation and The Federalist Society for vetting the SCOTUS candidates and said Kavanaugh would be harmful to women’s health in America.
The first question asked by a reporter was incredible: “What about the fact that Harry Reid is the one who started the nuclear option, so now you’re faced with the nuclear option instead of the 60-vote [option]?”
Reid famously passed filibuster reform early in Obama’s second term, lowering the threshold to break a filibuster on the Senate floor from 60 to 51. This will make confirmation of Kavanaugh much easier for the slim GOP majority in the Senate.
Schumer blamed Leader McConnell for the controversial move.”Mitch McConnell blocked judge after judge after judge on the courts. Then, leader Reid had no choice. When we passed the law, we said Supreme Court should be different,” Schumer said. “Then Mitch McConnell changed that. And then to boot, he wouldn’t let Merrick Garland have a hearing. Mitch McConnell has had as his goal to create a hard right Supreme Court and nothing has stopped him.”
McConnell famously warned Democrats when passing the nuclear option, “You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”