Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., declared Thursday on national TV that the newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, did not receive an affirmative vote from “one Democrat” in his confirmation process.
Which is, in effect, a true statement considering Gorsuch received THREE Democrat votes.
The Democratic lawmaker appeared on CNN to voice her disdain over President Donald Trump selecting Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement after he retires in July, noting that the president has previously said that he will appoint justices who will overturn Roe V. Wade.
Liberal anchor Chris Cuomo pointed out that nominees will not admit any desire to overturn the law, pointing to Gorsuch as the latest example of this.
Gillibrand countered that her party did not believe Gorsuch, stressing that “he didn’t get a vote from one Democrat.”
Cuomo tried to correct the senator, a long shot favorite to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, but she refused the assist.
“He got no Democratic votes. He did not,” Gillibrand insisted. “They stood strong and passed it with Republican votes.”
Again, Cuomo tried to subtly lend his guest an assist, noting that he thought Gorsuch received three Democrat votes — which is true.
(Democrat Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., Joe Manchin, W.Va., and Joe Donnelly, Ind., voted to confirm Gorsuch.)
The Democratic lawmaker then all but acknowledged that she didn’t really know what she was talking about.
“You might be right, Chris, but I believe this Democratic caucus will stand together,” she replied. “You’re really deciding whether or not you value women and you want them to have basic civil rights and civil liberties.”
In the same interview, Gillibrand became the first sitting U.S. senator to call for the elimination of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying ICE isn’t working “as intended” and should be “reimagined.”
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