Republican senators are gaslighting Democrats on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight

The two other branches are represented by the presidency and Congress. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.

His retirement gave President Donald Trump his second opportunity to nominate a justice, and his pick would likely create a block of five staunch conservative justices who would move the court further to the right and cement a conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

Trump "did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail - nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights", the NY senator said. Cory Booker (N.J.) were "reeling" over Trump's pick. "He has to care more about the court's legacy", Covington explained.

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen. "We can't defeat the nominee on our own", said a Democratic senator who requested anonymity to discuss internal party deliberations. It's a Supreme Court justice, this is a lifetime job.

The confirmation battle could serve, though, as a test run for prospective 2020 candidates to flex their rhetorical muscles and engage with the base in the early stages of the next presidential election.

But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill.

As is tradition, after his meeting Tuesday with McConnell, the nominee will go through Judiciary Committee members before moving onto the broader Senate. For pro-life aficionados and people who believe same-sex marriage should be a given, this does not bode well.

Democrats are likely to confront Kavanaugh with those words when he sits for his confirmation hearing.

But: Manchin released a statement strongly suggesting that Kavanaugh's opinions on preserving parts of Obamacare will be a deciding factor for the senator. "Answer yes or no", Harris shot back.

"And it should and must take place again now", Heitkamp said.

"He's young, he's very smart, and I think he will be quite influential on the court", Leipold said.

Later, Arizona Republican Sen. Her trademark line was 'use your common-sense.

Each of those Democrats will have to decide what to do, and all of their choices involve risk.

In the Judiciary Committee in April, she also prompted Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg to contradict himself several times about why the company did not inform tens of millions of users in 2015 that their data had been improperly sold.

As soon as it was announced Kennedy would retire, Liberal groups were gearing up to protect Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that upheld abortion rights, from being overturned.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane".

The political maneuvering left the Supreme Court one justice short, and now looks hollow given the current rush to fill the slot. But they hope to gain support from a handful of Democrats who are up for re-election in states where Trump is popular.

But any events that prolong the replacement of Justice Kennedy - especially past the midterm elections - would elevate the Supreme Court fight in the minds of many voters, thereby improving GOP prospects. "Like Trump's first nominee previous year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of" Obamacare".

"We can not go back to a time when women are made criminals for making a choice about what to do with their own bodies".

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