President Donald Trump’s hope for a “straightforward and prompt” confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was immediately dashed, as Democrats reacted with a host of arguments for blocking the appointment.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said Barrett would push the court further to the right, jeopardizing “many rights and protections that the American people have fought for and deeply cherish,” including abortion. In any case, Feinstein said, the Senate shouldn’t consider any nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg until the Nov. 3 election has been held and the “next president has been inaugurated,” apparently ruling out the possibility that Trump could be re-elected.
Other leading Democrats, including presidential candidate Joe Biden, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said confirming Barrett to the court would help Trump crush Obamacare. “Vote like your health care is on the ballot – because it is,” Biden said on Twitter. Schumer tweeted that a vote for Barrett “is a vote to eliminate health care for millions in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Pelosi said grimly, “This nomination threatens the destruction of life-saving protections for 135 million Americans.”