Sen. Amy Klobuchar uses hearing to have a meltdown: ‘Let me tell you a political secret …’

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar urged Americans to call their senators and tell them they have their priorities wrong as she slammed the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The Minnesota Democrat used her allotted 10-minutes in the first day of Barrett’s confirmation process to call the hearing a “sham” and lambaste her Republican colleagues for going through with the effort weeks away from an election as the nation is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

After warnings about how President Trump’s Supreme Court pick is a dangerous choice for the high court, Klobuchar called out Barrett’s past opinions on the Affordable Care Act, using personal stories about COVID-19 experiences while cautioning on the choice of Barrett to fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Let me tell you a political secret,” Klobuchar said as she concluded her opening statement Monday.

“I doubt that it will be a brilliant cross-examination that’s going to change this judge’s trajectory this week. No, it is you,” the former 2020 presidential contender said, aiming her remarks to appeal directly to viewers.

“It is you calling Republican senators and telling them enough is enough, telling them it is personal, telling them they have their priorities wrong. So do it,” the Democrat continued. “And it is you voting even when they try to do everything to stop you. It is you making your own blueprint for the future instead of crying defeat.”

Urging Americans again to “do it,” Klobuchar added: “This isn’t Donald Trump’s country, it is yours. This shouldn’t be Donald Trump’s judge, it should be yours.”

In her earlier comments, Klobuchar excoriated the GOP decision to “rush” ahead with Coney Barrett’s confirmation process. She used her time to go through a laundry list of accusations against the president, claiming Trump has refused to agree to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election, and that he “divides our country each and every day.”

Her outrageous rant continued as she unloaded the Democrats’ narrative, peppering her speech with one after another claim about Trump and adding frequent reminders to Americans to vote him out of office.

“We cannot divorce this nominee and her views from the election we are in. We didn’t choose to do this now — to plop a Supreme Court nomination hearing in the middle of an election. They did,” Klobuchar said, adding that reason people “aren’t going to fall for this” is because it is personal.


(Source: PBS NewsHour)

“It’s personal to me because my husband got COVID early on. He ended up in the hospital for a week on oxygen, with severe pneumonia, and months after he got it, I find out the president knew it was airborne, but he didn’t tell us,” she said emotionally.

“We were cleaning on every surface in our house and my husband got it anyway,” Klobuchar said.

She added another personal example about her 92-year-old father who became infected with coronavirus while at his assisted living facility.

“I stood outside his window and a mask. And he looked so small and confused. He knew who our family was, but he didn’t know what was going on. I thought it was going to be the last time that I saw him,” Klobuchar said. “He miraculously survived.”

Following her remarks, Nebraska’s GOP Sen. Ben Sasse took the microphone.

“I want to say, Senator Klobuchar said a number of things about COVID I agree with …. But I do not know what any of that has to do with what we’re here to do today,” Sasse said.

Klobuchar’s live on-air rant sparked plenty of backlash on Twitter.

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