With just one week to go until the election, Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation is invoking some strong opinions from the Democratic side of the aisle. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer didn’t mince words, calling it “one of the darkest days.”
Today will go down as one of the darkest days in the Senate's 231-year history
The Senate GOP is thwarting the will of the people and confirming a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court in the middle of a presidential election
Democrats will never stop fighting for Americans
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 26, 2020
Democrats are using Barrett’s confirmation to the high court to remind people how important their vote is this year. Joe Biden released a statement, that read in part:
This goal — the goal of the Republican Party for ten years — was a litmus test in selecting this nominee, regardless of the damage done to the U.S. Senate, to Americans’ faith in the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, and to our democracy, and regardless of how the Affordable Care Act has protected hundreds of millions of people before and during the pandemic….
Vote to protect the fundamental idea that health care is a right, not a privilege.
And vote for the legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was proof that courage, conviction, and moral clarity can change not just the law, but also the world. Let us continue to be voices for justice in her name.
Instead of working to provide COVID-19 relief to struggling Americans, Mitch McConnell and Republicans chose to jam through a Supreme Court nominee—when more than 62 million people have already voted. It’s despicable and they must be held accountable.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 26, 2020
And Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi adds, “Americans must continue to make their voices heard in the election. 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.”
Watch more of what Pelosi told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes above.
On my dissenting no vote on Supreme Court nominee tonight:
Remember Justice Ginsburg’s dissents were never “cries of defeat.” They were her “blueprints for the future.”
This election is now our country’s blueprint for the future. #Vote
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) October 27, 2020
This is a dark day. But it's important to remember why Republicans fought so hard to steal this Supreme Court seat.
They've realized a truth that shakes them to their core: The American people are not on their side.
And we'll keep fighting until we take our democracy back.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 27, 2020