After a week's delay, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Monday on whether or not to recommend Judge Neil Gorsuch for Antonin Scalia's old seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Yesterday, New York politicians, activists and about 150 people convened at Foley Square to ask Democrats to filibuster Neil Gorsuch.
Democrats have promised a filibuster on Gorscuh's nomination since he was tappedby President Donald Trump, . There are 52 Republican Senators, which means they would need eight Democrats or Independents to vote with them to get the required 60 votes to break break a filibuster and bring Gorscuh's nomination to a full vote.
If the Democrats stand firm, the Republicans can also call upon the so-called nuclear option, change the rules, shut down the filibuster, and Gorsuch gets in with a simple majority. (Back in 2013, Democrats used the nuclear option to advance filibustered nominations of judges, which, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer now regrets.)
So far, two Senate Democrats say they will vote for Gorsuch, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
The People's Filibuster in Foley Square was plea for Democrats in Washington do everything they can to prevent Gorsuch from joining the highest court. The speakers at the rally included Public Advocate Tish James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, as well as trans activist Sean Coleman, Muslim American activist Mohammed Khan, and union leaders Rahn Wade and Chris Policano.
Stringer told the crowd, "We cannot and will not settle for a Supreme Court justice who will simply be a mouthpiece for Donald Trump."
The action was just one of fourteen similar rallies held yesterday in cities around the country, and was organized by the People's Defense and the Working Family Party. There were also at least two other anti-Trump protests in Manhattan on Saturday, including a March For Health that went from Trump Tower to Columbus Circle, and an April Fool's Parade that featured an rolling effigy of the President tweeting on an outhouse toilet.