Democrats did not know how to react after Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.
Many on the left seized on President Trump contracting the coronavirus as their chance to derail Judge Barrett’s nomination.
And now Chuck Schumer issued a Supreme Court threat that left Donald Trump red with rage.
After President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on social media that he had spoken to President Trump and that the Senate was still on track to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before the election.
“Just finished a great phone call with @POTUS. He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve,” McConnell wrote.
Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee – Utah Senator Mike Lee and North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis – tested positive for the coronavirus.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham posted on social media that he had spoken to Senator Lee and that the Judiciary Committee was still on track to begin Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing October 12.
“Talked to Senator Lee earlier today and wished him a speedy recovery.” Graham added, “Look forward to welcoming him back to the @senjudiciary to proceed with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barret on October 12.”
The Democrats were not about to let go of their one chance to stop Judge Barrett and worked to exploit it to maximum effect.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein released a joint statement demanding Republicans postpone Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearing.
“It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease,” Feinstein and Schumer wrote.
“The unfortunate news about the infection of our colleague Senator Mike Lee makes even more clear that health and safety must guide the schedule for all Senate activities, including hearings,” they said. “It’s critical that Chairman Graham put the health of senators, the nominee, and staff first – and ensure a full and fair hearing that is not rushed, not truncated, and not virtual. Otherwise this already illegitimate process will become a dangerous one,” the two Democrats added.
Chuck Schumer tried a second time to delay the confirmation after some attendees at the ceremony where he announced Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination tested positive for coronavirus.
Schumer claimed that Amy Coney Barrett as well as any of the Senators she held one-on-one meetings with should self-isolate and go into quarantine.
“The infection of the President, First Lady and a close aide require that the White House immediately conduct a contact tracing regime that follows CDC guidelines, as well as thorough testing and isolation for those who were exposed to infection risk,” Schumer demanded. “That includes Judge Amy Coney Barrett and anyone she was in contact with.”
Amy Coney Barrett tested negative for the coronavirus and there is no reason for her to self-isolate; she already had been infected with coronavirus over the summer and had made a full recovery.
But Democrats are going to lose this fight as Republicans are prepared to move forward with Judge Barrett’s confirmation.
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