GOP Rep: 'Disingenuous' Dems Showing 'Hypocrisy' With Calls to Delay SCOTUS Pick
Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) said Monday that he expects to see "another great, conservative, Constitutional judge like Neil Gorsuch" nominated to the Supreme Court by President Trump.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, informed the White House of his plans to retire after 30 years of service last week.
Trump told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo that he has been advised not to ask for the nominee's stance on Roe v. Wade, but is looking to pick someone similar to Gorsuch.
"It's going to play out quickly and I think it's a great reminder to the Trump base [that] this is why we elected him," noting Gorsuch's swing vote in two recent 5-4 Supreme Court rulings.
Collins said that Democrats' desire to delay the vote for Justice Kennedy's replacement "goes back to the hypocrisies" of the Democrats, pointing out that Justice Elena Kagan was confirmed to the high court in 2010, a midterm election year.
"This just shows the hypocrisy and how disingenuous these same Democrats are, now crying foul," Collins said.
He said that there is now an opportunity to "lock down" a 5-4 court for the foreseeable future.
Collins added that he hopes Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) remains on board with the president's selection, even though she has said she's ruled out multiple candidates because of their potential stance on the landmark Roe vs. Wade case.
"I would certainly rather have her vote than not," Rep. Collins said.
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