Delaware senator calls out Lindsey Graham

Democrat Chris Coons says Republicans’ actions “undermine the legitimacy” of the Supreme Court nomination process.
3:17 | 09/22/20

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thing. We're just 42 days away from the presidential election and as president trump and former vice president Joe Biden go head to head, the battle to fill justice Ginsburg's seat intensifies. Will they push the vote right away or will Democrats force a pause? Joining me now from Delaware is senator Chris coons. We're hearing from Lindsey graham over the last couple of days that, yes, they have the votes to get the nominee out of the judiciary, trump's nominee, they have the votes on the senate floor, what options do you have left and will you use any options available to keep trump's nominee from moving forward? T.J., thanks for a chance to be on with you, as we're mourning the passing of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and honoring her towering legacy of fighting for gender equality and justice, it really saddens me, it hurts my heart to know that the Republican majority is not planning to respect her dying wish dictated to her granddaughter, that the voters should choose the next president and the next president choose her successor. We're going to do everything we can, but frankly, it is up to the Republicans to decide whether they really are going to jam through a partisan nominee in just 42 days before a presidential election when already half of our states, 25 of our states, have voters going to the polls in early voting for this presidential election. Senator, it sounds like you're resigned to the idea that you don't really have options here, is there an option that you have right now at your disposal that you think could slow down or stop the nomination -- it doesn't sound like you do. A few Republican senators have already announced that they understand that the standard they set in 2016, which was to have no supreme court vacancy filled during an election, is one that they should follow here. Senator murkowski of Alaska said fair is fair. If two other Republicans are somehow persuaded to join those two, then we could slow this down, even prevent this. And honor justice Ginsburg's dying wish. But this really is a decision that rests with Republicans. Would you be in favor of packing the court as they say if next year Democrats end up in control, would you be okay with adding more justices to the supreme court? T.J., I don't think it should come to that and in the coming weeks I'll be working hard to persuade two more of my Republican colleagues that they should step back from this abyss, that they shouldn't barrel ahead with a partisan sped-up nomination process, frankly this is their choice to make, whether they will further harm the supreme court, harm the senate, and divide our country by doing this, when just four years ago they insisted on the opposite approach during an election year. Like you said, senator coons, it's been tough. Emotions on all sides cluding the fact that a lot of people are still mourning the loss of justice Ginsburg right now. It seems like a fight is ahead. Senator coons, thank you so much for your time. Thank you, T.J. All right, T.J., there's much more ahead here on

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