Ingraham: Schumer’s Filibuster Rhetoric ‘Absolutely Fraudulent’

Democrats' obstruction of Gorsuch confirmation 'ridiculous at this point'

by Edmund Kozak | Updated 03 Apr 2017 at 9:49 AM

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is attempting to frame the obstructionist battle his caucus is waging against Judge Neil Gorsuch as a fight to preserve Senate traditions.

LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham called that characterization of the Democrats’ planned filibuster “absolutely fraudulent” during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

“There has never been a partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee.”

Democrats are acting as if “this is a 200-year Senate tradition that will be forever changed,” Ingraham said. “Chuck Schumer — I mean, I hate to say this during a Sunday during Lent — but he’s absolutely fraudulent in the way he characterizes this.”

Barring further defections, just three of the 48 members of the senate Democratic caucus will vote to allow consideration of the Supreme Court nominee to come to the floor.

When asked “why not give Neil Gorsuch an up or down vote” by “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday, Schumer ignored the question and suggested instead that the Republicans should put forward another nominee.

"Look, when a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules," Schumer said. "You should change the nominee," he said. "Sit down and work with us, and we will produce a mainstream nominee," he continued.

Schumer did not acknowledge the many organizations and individuals from across the ideological spectrum who have endorsed Gorsuch as qualified and fit for the position.

"There has never been a partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee," said Ingraham on Sunday. "When my former boss was confirmed, during all of the controversy surrounding Clarence Thomas, there wasn’t a filibuster," she pointed out.

"[Thomas] was confirmed … it wasn’t the largest of margins, but he was confirmed. The vote went forward and he — you know — he ended up sitting on the Supreme Court, much to the consternation of the left," she said. "This is ridiculous at this point."

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