It begins: Activists shine strobe lights into senator’s windows over Supreme Court vacancy

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WASHINGTON, DC –As the partisan battle grows, activists with the groups ShutDown DC and the Sunrise Movement, decided to shine strobe lights into Senator Lindsey Graham’s residence in the early morning hours of September 21st.

The activists are upset that President Trump and Republican leaders are actually moving forward with filling the Supreme Court seat that has become vacant since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week.  Their belief is that the vacancy be left in place until after the election. 

Their hopes are that Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden gets elected, thus, allowing democrats to put another far left liberal judge onto the Supreme Court.  By President Trump filling the vacancy before the election, he has the opportunity to place another conservative on the court before he leaves office if he loses reelection.

ShutDown DC released a statement that read:

“DC residents will be fighting for their children and grandchildren early Monday morning, by insisting that Trump should not be allowed to fill his third lifelong Supreme Court appointment, tipping the court for generations.”

The groups manner of insistence?  Taking strobe lights and trying to shine them through Republican Senator Graham’s residence.  They targeted him because he is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Protesters had been standing on the lawn of the Senator’s residence and some were chanting, ringing bells and blowing whistles.  A few people tried knocking on his door while others played Graham’s quote on blocking the 2016 Supreme Court vote on Merrick Garland.  You know, the average way to civilly get your point across.

The Capitol Police responded to the protest as dozens of people participated.  The police formed a line on the sidewalk to prevent anymore protesters from stepping onto Graham’s property.

Graham, who once said that he would not support confirming a justice during President Trump’s election year has said that he changed his mind, for two main reasons.  One, the bitter attack of now Justice Brett Kavanaugh and two, the democrats changing the rule as to how Circuit Court Judges are approved through simple majority vote now.

Graham tweeted:

“Harry Reid changed the rules to allow a simple majority vote for Circuit Court nominees dealing out the minority [party].  Chuck Schumer and his friends in the liberal media conspired to destroy the life of Brett Kavanaugh and hold that Supreme Court seat open.”

Graham, who is unhappy with the democrats speaking out in opposition, tweeted:

“Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advertising for the Fire Department.”

Ginsburg sadly passed away at 87 years old on September 18th after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  Ginsburg was first nominated to the Supreme Court by former Democratic President Bill Clinton.  She was confirmed and became only the second female justice of the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933 and began her legal career as a Professor for Rutgers University Law School and then switched to Columbia University.  Ginsburg became the first woman at Columbia to ever become a tenured professor.

Ginsburg was also known as a liberal activist prior to her being nominated for the Supreme Court.  She served as the Director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970’s. 

Ginsburg was first nominated as a judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980.  She served there until she was nominated for the Supreme Court in 1993.

Ginsburg, who was often thought to be the moderate-liberal on the Supreme Court, pushed for rights of workers, separation of church and state, and gender equality.   With that mindset, she wrote the opinion on the decision in United States v. Virginia, which held that the Virginia Military Institute could not refuse women cadets.

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Democrats have also threated to wage war if President Trump fills the empty Supreme Court seat.

WASHINGTON, DC –Democrats have been vocal on their disdain of President Donald Trump since he was only a candidate in 2015. 

Since then, they have lobbed every attack that they could, including impeachment, to stop him and all attacks, so far, have failed. 

Now, Democrats are threatening full out war if the President dare move to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat.

Along with threatening to pack the Supreme Court with additional seats that will be filled with liberal judges if they get in full power (both seats in the House as well as the Presidency), they are now talking about adding two states to the Union that would most likely be always filled with democrats. 

In addition, they’d abolish the filibuster rule.  Any one of these moves would almost certainly ensure they have full and complete power forever.

Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee Member Richard Blumenthal has said that there are no options that are off limits should President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell go through with filling the vacant seat this close to the election. 

Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, (who is still in the middle of the hairgate scandal) announced that her caucus may consider impeaching President Trump, again, if he follows through. 

Not sure how nominating a Supreme Court Justice would fit a high crime and misdemeanor, but having one did not seem to matter when they impeached the President the first time.

In addition, Pelosi also mentioned that they may try to impeach the Attorney General, William Barr.  Pelosi said:

“Well, we have our options.  We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.”

Democratic State Representator Joe Kennedy, III, sounded like a spoiled brat not getting the gift that he wanted for his birthday when he threatened to add additional seats to the Supreme Court.  He said:

“If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame-duck session – before a new Senate and President can take office – then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court.”

Simply wanting to add more liberal justices to the Supreme Court is not enough. 

To add additional seats, which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was against, would take Presidential approval.  Something that Democratic Presidential Nominee has said in the past he opposes. 

Another option that the democrats have is to abolish the 60-vote threshold to prevent a filibuster from occurring, something that they had recently threatened prior to Ginsberg’s death.  This would ensure that any matter coming up for vote, as long as they are in power, will solely be controlled by the democrats.

Democrats had already started working on ending the filibuster in anticipation of a major victory against Republicans in November.  They fully anticipate sweeping the election and taking power in both seats of the House and the Presidency.  NBC News said

“Veteran party operatives, activist groups and supportive senators are coordinating message and strategy to dial up the pressure to quickly end the 60-vote threshold early next year, fearing that preservation of the rule will enable Republicans to kill Joe Biden’s legislative agenda in its cradle.”

Another option would be to allow Washington DC and Puerto Rico to become a state.  In doing so, they would most assuredly guarantee that senators elected to represent those areas would be democrats.  Thus, giving them the majority, most likely in every single election.  Axios said:

“Democrats are talking anew about pushing statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico.  Capturing the anything-goes spirit among Democrats amid the Supreme Court fight, one party strategist texted me: ‘Guam want in?”

After Ginsburg’s death, Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump to hold off on naming the replacement, as other Democrats draw parallels to the nomination of Garland by former president Barack Obama.

Biden recently tweeted:

“Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.”

Backtracking to 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, both the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that a replacement should not be seated until after the presidential election.

However, in a recent resurfaced 2016 op-ed, then-Vice President Joe Biden wrote that he was “surprised and saddened” that Republicans would not consider a SCOTUS nomination from then-President Barack Obama. Back then he declared that the president had a “constitutional duty” to seat a justice on the high court when a vacancy arises. He said:

“The president has the constitutional duty to nominate; the Senate has the constitutional obligation to provide advice and consent.”

Biden added:

“It is written plainly in the Constitution that both presidents and senators swear to an oath to uphold and defend. That’s why I was so surprised and saddened to see Republican leaders tell President Obama and me that they would not even consider a Supreme Court nominee this year.”

He continued:

“No meetings. No hearings. No votes. Nothing. It is an unprecedented act of obstruction and it risks a stain on the legacy of all those complicit on carrying out this plan.”

Even in a speech that he gave at Georgetown University, Biden said:

“I would go forward with a confirmation process as chairman, even with a few months before a presidential election, if the nominee were chosen with the advice and not merely consent of the Senate, just as the Constitution requires.”

Now, in 2020 with Ginsburg’s passing, Biden has made a complete 180-degree turn. He is now echoing the words of his then boss, former president Obama. After Scalia’s death, Obama declared that he had a duty to nominate a successor. Obama wrote back in 2016:

“The Constitution vests in the President the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. It’s a duty that I take seriously and one that I will fulfill in the weeks ahead.”

And now, just like Biden, Obama has flip-flopped on the issue solely because a Republican president is in office and the GOP controls the Senate. Obama said in a statement:

“Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.”

Following the death of Justice Scalia, Biden slammed Republicans who said they would not consider a nomination from Obama ahead of the 2016 election. He wrote:

“I know there is an argument that no nominee should be voted on in the last year of a presidency, but there is nothing in the Constitution or our history to support this view.”

President Trump has said that he will nominate a female judge to replace Ginsburg, adding that Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are on his short list. He said that he has an “obligation” to fill the seat “without delay.” He said:

“I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman. A very talented, very brilliant woman.”

He said in a statement:

“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices.”

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