Now that the Senate Democrats have amassed enough votes to filibuster and block the confirmation of Donald Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, it turns out Senator John McCain is lashing out – at his own Republican Party. With some Senate Republicans hinting at changing the rules to permanently eliminate the filibuster for nominees, McCain is calling them stupid idiots. In those exact words.
Senator McCain criticized any Republican Senators who think it would be a “good idea” to permanently eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. He minced no words with reporters, exclaiming “Whoever is that is a stupid idiot.” NBC News captured the remark, which you can watch below. McCain did not mention anyone by name, but there was no question he was referring to one or more Senators of his own party. This weekend Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly threatened in television interviews to invoke the ‘nuclear option’ by sabotaging the filibuster.
Various Senate Democrats have stated that they cannot support the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, both because he failed to answer almost any of their questions during hearings, and because he’s being appointed by Donald Trump, who is under FBI investigation for possibly having conspired with Russia to rig the election in his favor. Watch John McCain’s “stupid idiot” remark in the NBC News clip below (click here if it doesn’t play):
Sen. John McCain says anyone who thinks the “nuclear option” is good for the Senate is a “stupid idiot” https://t.co/QsvQqPjFpl
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 4, 2017
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report