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Schumer Threatens Filibuster If Trump Doesn’t Pick ‘Mainstream’ Court Candidate

Senator Chuck Schumer is threatening to filibuster Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee if Trump picks a conservative one.

The Hill reports:

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned Sunday that Democrats would filibuster Donald Trump’s Supreme Court candidates if they are not “mainstream.”

“If he doesn’t nominate a mainstream candidate, we’re going to go at him with everything we’ve got … Because this is so, so important,” Schumer said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had suggested doing away with the filibuster, Schumer said Republicans “don’t come with clean hands, having delayed Merrick Garland for a whole year.”

President Obama nominated Garland to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, but the Republican Senate blocked the nomination in hopes that a Republican would win the White House.

When Trump takes office in January, he will almost certainly appoint a conservative nominee to fill the vacancy.

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