Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing is underway, and Democrats desperate to block her placement on the court are ramping up their attacks.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) even went so far as to demand Barrett “recuse” herself from decisions involving the election lest she destroys “the legitimacy of the court and her own credibility.”
Panic is rising among Democrats that Barrett’s installation on the high court will somehow guarantee Donald Trump’s re-election and Blumenthal is demanding that Barrett preemptively commits to avoid involvement in any election dispute that makes it to the court.
Blumenthal complained during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:
The Republicans have the votes on this committee. They can prevail by raw power, but they don’t have the American people on their side. They don’t have history on their side. They’re losing because the American people want the next president and the next Senate to choose the next justice, and the American people want the Affordable Care Act. They want reproductive freedoms and sensible common-sense gun violence prevention, but there is an agenda here, and it is a pretty ugly one.
Blumenthal, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee tasked with holding the hearings, declared that because Barrett’s confirmation can’t be stopped, the onus is on her to prove that she will bend to Democrats’ will once she is officially installed.
“The President of the United States decided, in the days after Justice Ginsburg’s death, he wanted to put another justice on the Supreme Court so she could decide this election. He made it absolutely clear. He articulated it,” Blumenthal declared.
“This justice must commit to recuse herself, otherwise, she’s going to destroy the legitimacy of the court and her own credibility,” he hyperventilated. “That’s why I demanded that she, in fact, take herself out of any decision involving the election should it reach the Supreme Court as Bush V. Gore did.”
“But I think the majority of the American people want the votes to decide it, not the Supreme Court. And this whole proceeding is not normal. It really is a sham when you think about it. Americans are voting right now, and the president is trying to, in effect, have the Supreme Court decide the election, not the American voters.”