Early Monday, Sen. Chuck Schumer made his party’s intentions clear — Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
But that didn’t settle well with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer blasted the New York senator’s decision to filibuster Gorsuch as pure “obstructionism,” saying that Gorsuch deserves a fair up or down vote.
Free Beacon reports:
Spicer argued that Schumer’s filibuster, if successful, would be unprecedented.
“If Senator Schumer gets his way, this would be the first successful filibuster against a Supreme Court nominee in American history,” Spicer said.
Spicer also refuted Schumer’s argument that the Senate has historically required 60 votes to approve every previous nominee.
“That’s simply not true,” Spicer said, before saying that only three nominees have faced a filibuster in the last half of the century.
Spicer also suggested filibustering Gorsuch was unjustified, considering how qualified he was for the job.
“The fact is an attempted filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee is rare, and to do so in this context with such an eminently qualified and brilliant judge is nothing short of obstructionism,” Spicer said.
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