Conway slams Democrats as ‘crybabies’ for not confirming Trump’s Cabinet picks – Politico
Donald Trump has been president for less than two weeks, but already his administration has exposed Democrats as “a bunch of crybabies” who are unwilling to work with a leader they don’t agree with, counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway, said Thursday morning.
“The democratic party, we’re seeing it unravel in front of our eyes, and we’re seeing it be revealed in front of our eyes,” Conway said Thursday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “A bunch of cry babies who say that they’re going to oppose Supreme Court nominees before they even know the person’s name and his academic credentials and impeccable judicial record.”
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Some Democrats, still stinging from Senate Republicans’ successful blockade of former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, had promised to similarly block Trump’s nominee to fill the seat left vacant by the death of former Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. And while some Democrats have kept up that pledge not to support any Trump nominee, some have expressed a willingness to meet with and hold a hearing for the president’s pick, federal appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch.
But the White House’s gripe with Democrats extends beyond the Supreme Court to the unusually contentious fight over Trump’s Cabinet nominees. An incoming president’s Cabinet picks are typically confirmed without significant delay, but Trump’s have been mired in committee hearings as Senate Democrats have sought to pick them apart and perhaps even block one.
Democrats have voiced strong opposition to Attorney General-designate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin. But perhaps none is more imperiled than Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos, against whom two Republican senators have said they will vote. It would take just one more GOP vote in the Senate to block DeVos, who currently would need Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote in her favor.
On “Fox & Friends,” Conway complained that the delay in Mnuchin’s confirmation has left the country without a treasury secretary for the longest period in its history, “at least in modern times.” She said a treasury secretary is essential “for those who actually go to work in the morning and need the dollar to flourish.”
“This obstinance and obstruction is the modern Democratic Party,” she said. “I think it’s going to cost them because they’re hysterical about everything now. You can’t even — there is no gradation of hysteria. It’s everything makes them cry and scream.”
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