Trump to McConnell on Gorsuch Nomination: 'If You Can, Mitch, Go Nuclear'

By Melanie Arter | February 1, 2017 | 3:00pm EST
President Donald Trump and Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cannot get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, then he should "go nuclear"--meaning Republicans should change the Senate rules so that a Supreme Court nominee cannot be filibustered.

“I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear, because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web. So I would say, it’s up to Mitch, but I would say, go for it,” Trump said.

Gorsuch received unanimous confirmation by voice vote in 2006 when he was confirmed to serve on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“As you pointed out last night, Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by a unanimous voice vote in 2006. Now a number of Democrats say they’re going to oppose him. What would you say to those Democrats, and would you encourage Senator McConnell to invoke the nuclear option if he feels he can’t get 60 votes?” a reporter asked Trump.

“Well, I think there’s a certain dishonesty if they go against their vote from not very long ago, and he did get a unanimous endorsement, and he’s somebody that should get—I mean you can’t it do better from an educational, from an experience, from any standpoint, a great judge,” Trump said.

“He’ll be a great justice, so no. I feel that it’s very dishonest if they go about doing that, and yes, if we end up with the same gridlock that they’ve had in Washington for the last longer than eight years in all fairness to President Obama – a lot longer than eight years – but if we end up with that gridlock, I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear, because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web,” Trump said.

“So I would say, it’s up to Mitch, but I would say, go for it,” Trump added.

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