Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told supporters that they can stop President Donald Trump’s inevitable Supreme Court pick by “arousing and enraging and outraging America.”
“The only way we will win this fight is by arousing and enraging and outraging America,” Blumenthal said. “So I want to know from you, are you ready for this fight?”
The crowd erupted in applause, apparently unaware how wrong the Democrat is about the process.
The awkward phrasing aside, Blumenthal is sadly mistaken. There is no stopping Trump’s pick as Republicans currently hold the 51 votes needed to confirm the next SCOTUS nominee.
Just days after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, President Trump announced he has narrowed down his pick to replace him to just five people. Two of them are women.
CNN reporter Jake Tapper tweeted, "President Trump tells reporters on Air Force One he will announce his Supreme Court justice nominee on Monday, July 9th, saying has narrowed it to 'about 5 names,' including 2 women. He said he plans to interview one or 2 candidates for Supreme Court this weekend in NJ."
That is really bad news for Democrats who are desperately asking Republicans to wait until after the midterm elections to hold a vote on confirming the new Supreme Court justice, citing a "precedent" they claim was set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
However, McConnell's precedent has to do with appointments before a presidential election, not midterm elections.
Trump will look to add another constitutional conservative to the bench after nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court at the beginning of his term. A second appointment by Trump will likely have a lasting impact on the Supreme Court when it comes to defending and upholding constitutional principles.