Dem Senator Calls Out Colleagues Obstructing Gorsuch Nomination: ‘Give the Man a Chance’

Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin split from many of his fellow party members on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday, saying that Donald Trump‘s nominee for the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch deserved to he heard and given a fair chance.

The moderate Democrat said he was very critical of Republicans for blocking Barack Obama‘s nomination of Merrick Garland from getting a hearing. Still, he said it would be a mistake for Democrats to do the same. “If you want a third working branch of government, which is our judicial branch, then you must have a nine-member court. So we need to work to get there… we should go through the process,” he said.

While not committing to vote for Gorsuch, Manchin gave him glowing praise: “I understand he has [basically] impeccable credentials, well thought of in a class with Barack Obama at Harvard, and he got overwhelmingly unanimous consent when he came through this process before.”

Manchin did say he wouldn’t support any Republican efforts to get rid of the filibuster for judicial nominees in order to push Gorsuch through. “With that being said, let’s give the man a chance, talk to him,” he said. “My goodness, don’t shut it down before we even get started. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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