The Democrats are reportedly planning to boycott the upcoming Senate Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett as the left desperately tries to thwart the president’s pick.
According to The Houston Chronicle, at least two Democratic Senators – Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal — are refusing to do their jobs by saying they will not meet with the president’s nominee, claiming they don’t want to “legitimize” his decision to proceed with the nomination process ahead of the election.
Blumenthal attempted to push a false narrative that Barrett’s appointment would somehow leave Americans with pre-existing conditions devout of healthcare – despite pre-existing conditions being a major focus of President Trump’s healthcare policy.
“If Judge Barrett’s views become law, hundreds of millions of Americans living w/pre-existing conditions would lose access to their health care. In the middle of a pandemic, rushing confirmation of an extreme jurist who will decimate health care is unconscionable,” Blumenthal said on Twitter. “I will refuse to treat this process as legitimate & will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”
Hirono meanwhile, said that while she will not meet with her, she may question Barret during a Senate confirmation hearing, “I will not be meeting with her, I will take the opportunity to question her when she is under oath.”
The Chronicle further reports that Democratic senators are “mapping out how they will wield their limited procedural weapons in the fight over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee” and are “grappling with a central question: How much legitimacy do they give his candidate?”
“With little power to actually derail Trump’s pick, Democrats are coming under considerable pressure from their activist base to use every tactic at their disposal to not just throw sand in the gears of the confirmation fight, but to portray the consideration of expected nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a farce that shouldn’t even occur,” the outlet continues.
The Democrats are desperate, and its showing with their weak and poorly thought out attacks which range from simply going after Republicans for moving forward with the nomination to going after Trump’s pick directly for things like her large family which includes two black adopted children, and her faith.
President Trump meanwhile told “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth in an interview that aired Sunday morning that he thinks Barrett could be confirmed ahead of the Nov. 3 election, saying there’s a “tremendous amount of time.” The confirmation process is currently scheduled to kick off Oct. 12.
“I think we could have it done easily before the election,” he told Hegseth during an interview following the nomination, which aired Sunday morning, adding that they were “going to try and have it done quickly.”
“I think she’ll be confirmed […] relatively long before the election,” Trump said.
As of Sunday, the GOP has enough votes to pass Barrett out of committee and approve her nomination on the Senate floor without Democratic defections. Republicans can afford at least three defections from their own party before Vice President Mike Pence is forced to cast a tie-breaking vote.