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Sen. Chuck Schumer Threatens Red State Dems: Vote Against SCOTUS Pick . . . Or Else

President Donald Trump is set to reveal his Supreme Court pick Monday night, but Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is already warning Senate Democrats that they can kiss his support goodbye if they cross the aisle and vote to confirm Trump’s nominee.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) both face tough re-election campaigns as “moderate” Democrats in states Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election and both crossed the aisle to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. With Republicans well aware that they could lose two “moderates” in their own ranks, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), the GOP has, no doubt, been reaching out to both Manchin and Heitkamp.

To combat their influence, Schumer is reportedly putting the screws on his flight-risk caucus members, warning them that they may not get help in tight Congressional races if they abandon the party to confirm a Trump pick.

Schumer, in turn, has found himself under pressure from the Left to block Trump’s SCOTUS nominee.

“The message from grassroots groups is pretty clear: that if Democratic leadership can keep their caucus unified in doing no harm, we can aim our firepower on Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and bring full pressure to bear in their states,” one progressive activist told Politico.

There aren’t many options left for the Senate minority leader, however. Thanks to retired Senator Harry Reid, the Republicans are armed with the “nuclear option” and need only a simple majority — which they have if their entire caucus stays together — to put anyone Trump selects on the bench. Schumer made one last-ditch effort to ask President Trump to nominate Merrick Garland — the abandoned Supreme Court nominee from former President Barack Obama’s final months — but the idea was met with immediate scorn.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ellender Brown

    July 9, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Vote every person out that go against the President .They are voting against American. Against the Constitution . They took a oat to up hold. Vote them out.

  2. Brenda

    July 9, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    That’s BLACKMAIL!!! What a scumbag!!! I’d vote with Republicans just to spite that asshole!!

  3. Debbie Gorton

    July 9, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    VOTE RED IN NOVEMBER FOLKS!! The DEMS are RATS, SCUM and OBSTRUCTIONISTS!! They HATE our President, therefore, hate America!

  4. paulette barrow

    July 10, 2018 at 12:58 am

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMM NOW ITS OK TO BLACK MAIL PEOPLE,OR THREATEN,THE WHOLE LEFT NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN

  5. John

    July 10, 2018 at 1:09 am

    What is Chuck going to do if the sees to it that they pose the election the the Republicans will have a larger majority and he will be even less relevant in the world.

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