Democrats say Republicans will regret Barrett confirmation, slam ‘manipulation’ of Supreme Court

by David Aaro | Fox News
October 27, 2020

Shortly after Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Democrats warned Republicans that they would regret their decision to hold a vote so closely to an election.

“The Republican majority is lighting its credibility on fire … The next time the American people give Democrats a majority in this chamber, you will have forfeited the right to tell us how to run that majority,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said during a floor speech Monday.

“My colleagues may regret this for a lot longer than they think,” he added.

Nominees once needed 60 votes to be confirmed, but Sen. Mitch McConnell changed the standard in 2017 to allow for a simple majority. That move allowed for the confirmation of President Trump’s previous two nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., first eliminated the 60-vote threshold in 2013 to overcome GOP stonewalling of President Obama’s nominations to the lower courts and the executive branch. Known as invoking the “nuclear option” at the time, Reid kept the higher standard in place for the Supreme Court.

The comments by Schumer appeared to be similar to those made by McConnell back in 2013 after the Democratic-controlled chamber eliminated the 60-vote threshold.

“You’ll regret this, and you may regret it a lot sooner than you think,” McConnell said in 2013, according to the Hill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also released a statement criticizing Trump and the GOP Senate for “committed an act of supreme desperation” so close to Election Day.

Pelosi argued the confirmation, which she called a manipulation, was made so Trump and Republicans could “achieve their years-long campaign to destroy Americans’ health care”

“The President’s Supreme Court manipulation threatens the very values and rights that define and distinguish our nation: a woman’s constitutional right to make her own medical decisions, the rights of LGBTQ Americans, the right of workers to organize and collectively bargain for fair wages, the future of our planet and environmental protections, voting rights and the right of every American to have a voice in our democracy,” Pelosi wrote in a statement.

Democratic senators warned that Republicans have lost the right to complain if they win back the majority.

“Will Democrats go to new, extraordinary lengths to maximize their power given the extraordinary lengths Republicans have gone to maximize their power? This is not a conversation that is ripe enough yet, but what do Republicans expect?” said Sen. Chris Murphy D-Conn., as part of the chamber’s debate over Barrett.

“Do we just unilaterally stand down and not choose to use the same tools that Republicans did in the majority? … I think there are now new rules in the Senate, and I think Republicans have set them,” he continued, according to the paper.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., released a statement calling the confirmation a “sad day for the Senate and for the Court.”

“My Republican colleagues put the rule of ‘because we can’ over the traditions and precedents of the Senate, the principles we hold dear as an institution, and the integrity of the federal judiciary,” he said.

The Supreme Court said in a press release Monday that Barrett will be able to start her new role after Chief Justice John Roberts administers her judicial oath on Tuesday. Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath at Monday’s ceremony.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • SDOfAZ says:

    Dim Wits want to decide laws via the judges not in congress and they have selected judges for that purpose. It worked for a while but now the GOP has elected judges who will respond to the law itself not politics. What a novel idea. Keep the division of power the way the forefathers intended. One rules the laws and that is congress who makes those laws only. One interprets the laws even the poorly formed laws from congress but politics should not be involved and that is the judicial, JUDGES. The last is the President and he as the jobs of leading the country. It is not the deep state who leads the country. It is right now President Trump who does lead this country and it is not the deep state steer him.

    Deep state operatives within the bureaus have become corrupt. Going forward I am pleased that with a new presidential edict these people who have proliferated and tried to over throw a sitting president can be fired. That there was no way to remove theses creatures of corruption once they were installed was a truly odd situation. So, now they will be judged for performance and removed it they are not serving in their capacities correctly. Stunning that anyone can have a life long job and never judged on true performance. We pay their salaries and they should have to be appraised and removed if they are not performing to the dictates of their jobs. And I would say none of them should even attempt to steer their commander in chief!

  • Wyatt says:

    Gee Chuck the Schmuck making threats . Leadership is not about “T it for tat” revenge Chuckie You are angry because you will not be able to have your liberal leftist judges giving you your own way . For years you have had a compliant court catering to your Whims as you try to turn America into your communistic utopia .
    Suck it up Butthead , America wasn’t founded that way or with that vision .

    1. SDOfAZ says:

      I call him Schmucky. Good post.

  • WhiteFalcon says:

    Who really gives a damn what the communist-democrats say? They always lie. What they are really saying is that they will regret that Judge Barrett’s being on the bench because they will not be able to depend on the justices deciding things the way the commies want them to. Communist-democrats are totally against America and it should always be borne in mind that they will always accuse others of what they are guilty of.

    1. SDOfAZ says:

      Good post. Let them try. This is an ugly year and the dim wits own the whole distrustful mess. Corruption abounds. The DNC is an insane asylum run by the lunatics.

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