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Democrat Senator Plays Semantics On SCOTUS Filibuster

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said that Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch deserves an up-or-down vote from the Senate, but played semantics and conceded that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would attempt to filibuster Gorsuch during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough asked Coons if Gorsuch deserved an up or down vote in the Senate.

“[Gorsuch will] get an up or down vote. Senator Schumer, our Minority Leader, has said it’s going to be a 60 vote margin and I doubt he’s going to get 60 votes,” Coons told Scarborough.

Coons goes on to tell Scarborough that a lot of Senate Democrats are still upset about how Merrick Garland was treated by Senate Republicans when he was nominated.

Scarborough followed up by asking if Coons thought that Gorsuch would not get 60 votes and pointed out that if that were the case, the Senate Republicans would just use the nuclear option.

“Almost certainly and I think this is tragic,” Coons told Scarborough. “And in talking to friends on both sides of the aisle, we’ve got a lot of Senators concerned about where we’re headed. There’s Republicans still very mad at us over the 2013 change to the filibuster rule. We’re mad at them about shutting down the government.”