MSNBC host Rachel Maddow laid out the "pretty simple" way in which Democrats can stop the nomination from President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court after Justice Anthony Kennedy retires.
Here's what she said:
"So what happens next?" she asked rhetorically on her show Wednesday. "What happens now? Is that as of today we embark as a nation on a four month sprint on everybody in the country having a stake in this."
"Alright," she continued, "of everybody with a democrat senator, and everybody with a Republican senator, having a thing to focus on and a thing to aim for."
"If Democrats are going to do this, every single Democrat in the Senate will need to agree to not be a doormat - that shouldn't be that hard!" she joked. "And every single Republican senator including the pro-choice ones, will have to decide if they want to go down in history as the deciding vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade and and make abortion illegal in the United States."
Maddow's comment was less than accurate, as overturning Roe vs. Wade would not "make abortion illegal in the United States," but simply allow the issue to be decided among the states and not at the federal level.
"If Democrats pull this off," Maddow continued, "if they stand together and they fight this for the next four months and they win this, they will stop the Supreme Court nominee, they will save, among other things legal abortion in this country at least for the time being."
"They will prove themselves not to be doormats the Republicans expect them to be, right?" she added.
"They've got four months to do it"
"And they give themselves a chance of winning back control of Congress in Washington, which will give them a thumbs up or thumbs down say in who the next nominee is," Maddow explained. "They've got four months to do it, starting today."
"That's it, simple!" she concluded. "No muss no fuss. Easy peasy, right?"
Here's the video of Maddow's comments:
While the path may be "pretty simple" in Maddow's facetious reckoning, that doesn't mean it will be easy to do. Democrats were hopeful for a "blue wave" in the midterm elections, but that hope has crashed on the rocks of reality after a surge in popularity for Trump.
Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he would be retiring from the court Wednesday and tossed Democrats into a tempest as they considered the almost inevitable certainty of President Donald Trump replacing the moderate justice with a stalwart conservative.