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Schumer Once Thought a 9th Supreme Court Justice Was More Important Than Politics, Now Not So Much

Now the Senate Minority Leader, Schumer went from “We Need 9” under President Obama to obstruction at any cost under President Trump

On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) came out in strong opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, and seems to be setting up Senate Democrats to fight Senate Republicans and the Trump administration at every turn.

But Schumer sang a different tune when it came to Supreme Court nominees, when it looked like Democrats would retain the presidency and take back control of the Senate in 2016.

After the passing on Justice Anthony Scalia in February 2016, Schumer and fellow Democrats held a press conference during which Schumer told reporters, “We would much rather have a Supreme Court justice, a ninth justice, than gain any political advantage.”

During that same press conference, Schumer was asked about the possibility of working with a then-hypothetical President Trump. Schumer brushed aside the question, as though it was an absurd notion that Trump would ever be president.

While in a New York Senate debate, Schumer said, “I would hope that in the new Congress, Democrats and Republicans would work together to at least make sure there’s a hearing, and then let the chips fall where they may.”

It seems now, though, that with a Republican president and a Republican-controlled Senate, Schumer will stop at nothing to prevent President Trump from putting a ninth justice on the bench, even ignoring his past statements on the matter.