ThinkProgress has a piece up rating each Democratic senator on where they stand on Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. Oddly, RI’s Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is not listed as being firmly in opposition but as being “almost there.” The reason, according to author Ian Millhiser, is that Whitehouse has not issued any statement’s opposing Gorsuch since his nomination.
In fact, earlier this week Whitehouse told Rhode Island Public Radio “he won’t decide his vote on the nomination of Trump nominees Neil Gorsuch until after hearing from Gorsuch,” Ian Donnis reported. I reached out to Whitehouse’s office for comment but didn’t get a response.
Before the Gorsuch nomination, when Donald Trump’s nominee was unknown, Whitehouse made some very strong comments via a megaphone outside Nathan Bishop Middle School to a crowd of nearly a thousand people.
“We have to hold a filibuster on the Supreme Court nominees,” said Whitehouse. “And we have to be prepared for the fact that [the Republicans] could pull the nuclear option and kill the filibuster on Supreme Court appointees… we are absolutely, positively going to try. We’re going to force them to do that if they want to. We’re going to make them pay the price for doing that if they do…”
Whitehouse will be appearing, along with Senator Jack Reed and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, at the East Providence High School auditorium on Sunday at 2pm. Whitehouse (and Reed for that matter) should certainly be prepared to answer this question before then.