Donald Trump spoke Wednesday to a groups supporting his Supreme Court nominee and stated that Senate Republicans should “go for it” and push the nuclear option to prevent Democrats from using a filibuster on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
“If we end up with that gridlock I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear,” Trump said of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “That would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web.”
“It’s up to Mitch, but I would say go for it,” Trump added.
If Senate Republicans went through with the nuclear option the need for Supreme Court nominees to receive 60 votes to break a filibuster would be obsolete, meaning that they would only need majority vote to confirm the nominee. Both Republicans and Democrats have been against the nuclear option as it would change the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees in the future as well.
According to CNN President Donald Trump wants Gorsuch seated by the April session — meaning floor vote immediately after the committee proceedings in roughly six weeks time.