During an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Michael Moore called on liberals to remain hopeful despite President Donald Trump’s likely pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.
What action is he suggesting?
Moore also suggested surrounding the U.S. Capitol with “a million people” to stop Trump’s SCOTUS confirmation.
Trump is expected to nominate a new Supreme Court justice on July 9, and is considering a list of five to seven finalists, which includes two women.
During the interview on Friday, Maher asked Moore if he has a “Hail Mary” plan for the replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring.
“Listen, the Senate right now is 50-49. Sadly, McCain will not be able to vote, so it’s a 50-49 vote,” Moore said. “C’mon. We’ve got to push it off til after November.”
“And I don’t trust every Democrat,” Maher responded.
“We have to hold the Democratic seats we have, but look, 90 percent of incumbents are always returned,” Moore said.
“The Democrats in Montana and North Dakota, West Virginia, they’ve got to do their job, they’ll do their job,” Moore continued. “Our job is to win Nevada, Arizona, and Tennessee and they could all be won.”
Maher said he believes the confirmation will take place before the 2018 midterm elections. That prompted Moore to suggest the left needs to “find ways” to keep that from happening.
“Find ways? What does that mean?” Maher asked.
“I’ll join a million other people surrounding the United States Capitol,” Moore responded. “I will stand there.”
Moore also said that if this judge goes through, “it’s a right wing court. That’s it. It’s over.”
Who is being considered?
Conservative Brett Kavanaugh is seen by White House allies as the likely choice to replace Kennedy. Kavanaugh, 53, is an appeals court judge and a former clerk for Kennedy.
Other possibilities include “judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch last year; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky),” USA Today reported. Another possibility is Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, according to the report.