Kamala Harris: SCOTUS appointment ‘denied the will of the American people,’ was ‘illegitimate process’

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WASHINGTON, DC – Kamala Harris took to Twitter throughout Monday afternoon and evening to argue that Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court “denied the will of the American people.”

The Democratic Vice Presidential candidate also claimed that Barrett’s appointment was through an “illegitimate process.”

Harris first tweeted about Barrett’s appointment on Monday afternoon, claiming that Republicans are attempting to “dismantle” the Affordable Care Act:

“It’s this simple: Republicans are trying to bypass the will of voters and have the Supreme Court dismantle the Affordable Care Act.”

Early Monday evening, prior to Barrett’s appointment vote on the Senate floor, Harris argued that Republicans senators are choosing to ignore work on pandemic relief in favor of appointing Barrett. Harris called the efforts by Republican senators “despicable”:

“Instead of working to provide COVID-19 relief to struggling Americans, Mitch McConnell and Republicans chose to jam through a Supreme Court nominee—when more than 62 million people have already voted. It’s despicable and they must be held accountable.”

Following the senate floor vote to confirm Barrett, Harris made her disproval known claiming that Republicans “denied the will of the American people” by confirming the new justice through an “illegitimate process”:

“Today Republicans denied the will of the American people by confirming a Supreme Court justice through an illegitimate process—all in their effort to gut the Affordable Care Act and strip health care from millions with pre-existing conditions. We won’t forget this.”

Democratic senators, who voted unanimously against Barrett, accused the GOP of being hypocritical saying justices have not been able to be appointed this close to the election in the past. Former President Barack Obama attempted to nominate Merrick Garland in 2016 but the senate refused to confirm her during an election year.

The Senate maintains the ability to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominations but, with a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic approval was not needed for Barrett.

Anger over Barrett’s appointment is common among Democrats. One liberal anti-Trump group, Indivisible, released a statement on the confirmation. Meagan Hatcher-Mays, Director of Democracy Policy at Indivisible, said:

“Today, Mitch McConnell and his Republican cronies confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, tarnishing the legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and undermining whatever remaining faith the public still had in the court as an institution.”

The director continued:

“Despite Republicans’ attempts to obfuscate Barrett’s extreme record, let’s be clear: the Supreme Court is now under the control of six far-right ideologues who were chosen and confirmed not to administer justice but to administer wins to the Republican party.”

Hatcher-Mays argued that GOP senators backed a justice that refused to divulge her personal opinion on controversial issues such as climate change and systemic racism:

“For months, the GOP has ignored pandemic relief for millions of Americans affected by COVID-19. Instead, they worked overtime to confirm a justice who refuses to say whether or not climate change is real, whether or not systemic racism exists, or whether or not voter intimidation is illegal.”

Barrett did express her reasoning for not sharing her personal opinion on hot political topics. She explained that the role of a Supreme Court Justice is to interpret the law without regard for their personal feelings, thus sharing one’s own beliefs is unnecessary.

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Democrats announced they would boycott voting on Judge Amy Coney Barrett. A lot of good that did.

Oct. 23, 2020 – WASHINGTON DC-Senate Democrats made it clear that they would boycott voting on Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett at today’s Senate Judiciary Committee.  Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced the planned boycott in a speech late Wednesday on the Senate floor.

The report came one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the full Senate will vote next Monday, October 26th to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Schumer declared:

“{that the boycott} is not a decision the members of the committee have taken lightly, but the Republican majority has left us no choice. We are boycotting this illegitimate hearing.

“We should not be moving forward on this nomination”

Schumer called Barrett’s views “so far out of the mainstream”.

He was referring to the fact that no Supreme Court nominee has ever been confirmed so close to a presidential election.  Yet there is little they can do to prevent Republicans from pushing ahead to confirm Barrett.

The Judiciary Committee, which is controlled by Republicans, is expected to change the rules if necessary to recommend Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate.  Senators are planning a rare weekend session to secure her confirmation on Monday.

Schumer also forced a vote to recess the Senate until after the Nov. 3 election, a push that failed.  He said:

“These are all such violations of American norms, values, decency and honor.” 

Schumer said on Monday:

 “The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is the most illegitimate process I have ever witnessed in the Senate.  And her potential confirmation will have dire, dire consequences for the Senate.  For the Supreme Court.  And our entire country for generations to come.”

Barrett, a 48-year-old appellate court judge who has spoken out against abortion and a court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, is on track to lock in a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court for years to come.

 

Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, so it is almost certain that President Trump’s pick for the court Justice will be confirmed.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and the committee chairman said in a statement:

Judge Barrett deserves a vote and she will receive a vote.  Barrett deserves to be on the Supreme Court and she will be confirmed.”

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