The GOP-controlled Senate voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court on Monday, sending some Democrats into a rage spiral.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), incensed by the successful confirmation of Barrett to the court, ordered Congress to “reverse the damage” done by a “radical Republican court” just after the Senate vote.
Democrats struggled to coalesce around a cohesive plan of attack against Barrett, and obviously ultimately failed. However, even though they were unable to halt her confirmation, Democrats continue to relentlessly hit Barrett’s religious beliefs in their attempts to undermine her legitimacy.
“Congress will have to reverse the damage of a radical Republican court and defend pre-existing condition protections together with every other benefit and protection of the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi said in a statement released after the vore.
“With this usurped Supreme Court seat, the President is ripping away millions of families’ health care in the middle of a pandemic that has infected over 8.6 million and killed nearly one-quarter of a million Americans,” Pelosi continued.
Barrett has explicitly declined to take a position on the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — reiterating that a judge “declares independence not only from Congress and the president but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her.”
Barrett made it clear during her acceptance speech on Monday that she will not use her new position on the Supreme Court to achieve partisan policy goals — as some judges have done in the past — rather, she will act “independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences.”
Despite Barrett’s solemn pledge to uphold the Constitution, regardless of her personal or political preferences, Pelosi warned that Congress will have to be “prepared to remedy what the Supreme Court will do to undermine the health, financial security, and well-being of American families.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-CA) took his warnings a step further, snarling that Senate Republicans will “regret” their vote, and that “the American people will never forget this blatant act of bad faith.”