Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put on his big boy pants Wednesday when he warned Democrats during a press conference that there will be hell to pay in the ballot box should they filibuster President-elect Trump's SCOTUS nomination.
After meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), McConnell determined that Dems will block any SCOTUS appointment if Trump picks "an out-of-the-mainstream nominee," and they will face consequences from the American people if they go through with it.
"Let me also just point out, I noticed my counterpart Senator Schumer announced yesterday their goal was to apparently never fill the Supreme Court vacancy," he said. "That’s kind of an expansion of the Biden rule. You recall the Biden rule in 1992 was the Senate would not confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of a presidential election year, which was my view last year."
McConnell then went on to say how Schumer seems convinced the Senate can block Trump's nomination for as long as they like.
"Senator Schumer said in the second Bush administration that they would not confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the last 18 months of President Bush 43’s tenure," he continued. "Apparently there’s a new standard now, which is to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all. I think that’s something the American people will simply not tolerate and we’ll be looking forward to receiving a Supreme Court nomination and moving forward on it."
No indication has been made if McConnell would use the nuclear option – reducing the vote to a 51 majority – should push come to shove.
Push the button, Mitch.