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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday no thanks to Senate Democrats, who boycotted the committee’s final vote and then held a press conference to complain about it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell later responded to their antics by slamming their “histrionics” and accusing them of spreading “falsehoods.”
Following Barrett’s unanimous 12-0 vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and several other top Democrats gathered outside to bellyache about the ordeal.
“I am here to stand with my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee who are boycotting today’s committee markup on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. This is not a decision that the members of the Committee have taken lightly. But a Republican majority has left us no choice: we are boycotting this illegitimate hearing,” he said.
“The nomination of Judge 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.”
To call this process illegitimate is being too kind.
Senator Graham has broken the rules of the committee to move forward with a vote on Judge Barrett to rip away health care from millions.
The American people oppose this.
Democrats will not stop fighting this nomination. pic.twitter.com/vUl1usTMGf
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 22, 2020
Schumer continued his rant by claiming without evidence that ACB’s confirmation will cause the lives of Americans, particularly gay and women Americans, to “be turned upside down.” The claim is based on the dubious belief by Democrats that Barrett will somehow single-handedly repeal Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges.
This dubious belief is itself based on Barrett’s Christian beliefs. But during Barrett’s original confirmation hearings for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit three years ago, she affirmed that her religious beliefs would have no bearing on her interpretation of the law.
“It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law,” she said at the time.
“It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law,” she told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee during her previous confirmation hearing. https://t.co/TEivDMtFog
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) October 6, 2020
Responding to Schumer’s complaints, McConnell later delivered his own rant on the Senate floor excoriating the Senate Democrat for all the unnecessary theatrics.
“The Democratic Leader’s histrionics are proving just as unpersuasive outside this chamber as they have proven inside of it. His anger and false statements have failed to persuade the Senate and they have failed to persuade the American people,” he said.
“Day after day, our colleague from New York performs the same angry speech, with the same falsehoods, and force a vote on some pointless impermissible motion.”
A Politico/Morning Consult poll found this week that a 51 percent majority of voters “think the Senate should vote to confirm her nomination, far greater than the 28 percent who say the Senate should vote not to confirm her.”
Likewise, there’s nothing “illegitimate” about a president nominating a Supreme Court nominee after a justice’s death and the Senate then choosing to confirm said nominee.
Democrats have complained nevertheless because, after then-President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, the GOP-led Senate chose to not confirm his nominee. That too wasn’t illegitimate.
Listen to McConnell’s rebuttal below:
The Senate leader continued his remarks by highlighting the numerous ways in which McConnell has “torpedoed” otherwise bipartisan efforts in the past few weeks.
“The Democratic Leader is just lashing out in random ways. A few weeks ago, he torpedoed a bipartisan counterintelligence briefing for no reason. This week, he’s blocked a pandemic rescue package and tried repeatedly to adjourn the Senate for multiple weeks,” he said.
“Today, I understand that he stood outside the Senate to shout that Democrats would be boycotting the committee vote, and the committee vote had actually already. Look, I understand that some outside pressure groups have been badgering the Democratic Leader to act more angry. I’m just sorry for the Senate that he obeys them.”
“I’m sorry that he feels the need to constantly say things that are false. The American people know we disagree. They do not expect “kum-ba-yah.” But they deserve an adult discussion.”
Indeed, Schumer and other Democrats have faced massive pressure from far-left groups to not only do everything in their power to block Barrett’s confirmation but to also effectively treat their Republican peers like pariahs.
For instance, after Sen. Dianne Feinstein hugged Judiciary Committee chair, Lindsey Graham, last week after he closed out the final day of Barrett’s hearings, far-left activists began demanding she step down, because God forbid she treat Graham like a human and friend instead of like an enemy.
‘Betrayal’! Mask-less hug between Feinstein, Graham sends ‘progressive’ outrage mob into overdrive https://t.co/t1jWrJLOuo
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 16, 2020
Apparently unwilling to let McConnell have the last word, Schumer eventually responded with yet another rant — this one on the Senate floor.
And ironically enough, in this rant he accused the Senate Majority Leader of being the angry one …
“The bottom line is Leader McConnell is angry. Why? Because we Democrats have exposed that he has defiled the Senate as an institution more than any person in this generation and many generations,” he said.
FYI, it was the Democrats who used the nuclear option to eliminate the Senate’s 60-vote rule in 2013, and it’s the Democrats who’re now threatening to pack the Supreme Court and eliminate the Senate’s filibuster altogether …
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