Vice President Mike Pence slammed Senate Democrats during a speech at the Federalist Society in Philadelphia on Saturday for vowing to oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Within minutes of Trump making his decision official earlier this week that Gorsuch was his choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats vowed to oppose Gorsuch's nomination process every step of the way, despite the fact that Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2006 to his current judgeship on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
That unanimous confirmation included the approval of current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), then-Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and then-Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
During Pence's speech, the vice president made it clear that the administration believes Gorsuch is a worthy replacement of Scalia — and that he will be confirmed.
"Several [Democrats] announced their opposition within minutes of his nomination, and now they’re even threatening to use the filibuster procedure in the Senate to stop him," Pence said. "Make no mistake about it, this is an unwise and an unprecedented act."
"Never before in the history of our country has an associate justice nominee to the Supreme Court faced a successful filibuster," Pence explained to applause. "And Judge Neil M. Gorsuch should not be the first."
Pence went on to say that he and Trump have "full confidence" that Gorsuch will be confirmed, while explaining that the Trump administration will ensure that Gorsuch receives an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor "one way or the other," alluding to the nuclear option.
The nuclear option, as it's called, can be invoked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and would require Gorsuch to only need 51 votes to be confirmed instead of the typical 60.
"This seat does not belong to any party or any ideology or any interest group, this seat on the Supreme Court belongs to the American people, and the American people deserve a vote on the floor of the United States Senate," Pence said.
Watch his comments below: