Senate Democrats Promise Tough Supreme Court Vacancy Fight

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Chief Justice John Roberts lunches with his clerks in his study at the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 15. Senator Chuck Schumer told MSNBC, "If [the Republicans] don’t appoint someone who is really good, we are going to oppose them tooth and nail.” Jonathan Ernst/reuters

This article first appeared on The Daily Signal.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is reinforcing his opposition to any Supreme Court nominee President-elect Donald Trump will nominate.

"The consequences are going to be down the road," Schumer said. "We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee. If they don't appoint someone who is really good, we are going to oppose them tooth and nail."

During an interview, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow asked Schumer if he agreed with a statement from Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) about how Republicans have refused to confirm President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

The Oregon senator "says 'they [Republicans] stole a Supreme Court seat'" by refusing to confirm Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Maddow said.

"It is a fair statement," Schumer said.

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Maddow also said she believes that, should Republicans fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's vacant seat, that seat would be "stolen."

Garland is the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit who was nominated by Obama to replace Scalia, who died in February.

Schumer added that his party is "not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice."

John Malcolm, the director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, said he is not surprised at the opposition raised by the new Senate minority leader.

"It is hardly surprising that Senator Schumer has indicated that he will fight to block whoever President-elect Trump nominates to the court to replace Justice Scalia," Malcolm said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

Schumer said at a September conference it was his "No. 1 goal" to get a progressive Supreme Court, according to Malcolm. "The voters, however, rejected this vision of where the court ought to go," Malcolm said.

Rachel del Guidice is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation.

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