Trump blasts GOP senators who voted to confirm Merrick Garland to Supreme Court
President Donald Trump blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday, slamming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the decision to confirm his nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garza.
“I am very disappointed with the Senate Republicans.
I thought Merrick was a terrific nominee.
But now that he has been confirmed, he is a terrible nominee,” Trump said at a campaign event in Indiana.”
The Senate Republicans have made a terrible mistake.
And I want to say that publicly, because this is going to be a big issue for the country.”
Trump also blasted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, saying the New York Democrat is not “very tough on crime, very tough on drugs.”
“And Chuck Schumer is not very tough.
I said to him the other day, ‘Chuck, you’ve got to do more,'” Trump said.
“He’s a big guy, Chuck.
So, I was very upset with Chuck Schumer.
But I don’t want to do anything.
I’m just going to go to sleep.
I have nothing to say.”
The president also took shots at McConnell, who is retiring from the Senate at the end of the month.
“Mitch McConnell should be ashamed of himself, and I say this with no disrespect to him,” Trump told a crowd in Cincinnati.
“Mitch is a disgrace.
He’s a disgrace for what he’s done to this country.”
Democrats have been pushing for Garland to be confirmed, and McConnell said Thursday that he would hold a vote on the nominee, with the top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, expected to oppose him.
Trump and McConnell have also been in conflict with each other during the confirmation process, as the president and the Senate majority leader both said in the first week of the confirmation hearings that Garland was qualified to serve on the court.
Republicans and Democrats have been united in their opposition to Garland, who has been the target of attacks from conservative groups over his controversial views on race and gender, as well as his support for the death penalty and the expansion of gun rights.
Trump has called for Garland’s nomination to be withdrawn, arguing that the process was too cumbersome.