Trump Takes to Twitter to Beg the Supreme Court to Have The Courage to Destroy Democracy

Trump discourages Republicans from voting in Georgia runoff

Donald Trump did not do all that well in the 2020 election. He lost to Joe Biden by over 7 million votes. He lost in traditionally red states like Arizona and Georgia. He also gave back his 2016 gains, losing Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The president has been trying to overturn the election results for weeks. If the election was any closer, he may actually have a shot. But his incompetent legal team has, to this point, been laughed out of court.

So Trump has now moved to trying to have the Supreme Court change the results and declare him a winner. The attempt already failed once when the court refused to hear a case from Pennsylvania.

Trump has never hidden his intention to have the highest court in the land intervene. He told reporters that he was rushing the nomination of Amy Coney-Barrett because he might need her help after November.

And Trump again relayed his intention with a Thursday night tweet. He posted, “Tremendous support from all over the Country. All we ask is COURAGE & WISDOM from those that will be making one of the most important decisions in our Country’s history. God bless you!”

Tremendous support from all over the Country. All we ask is COURAGE & WISDOM from those that will be making one of the most important decisions in our Country’s history. God bless you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

December 11, 2020 read more

Opinion: Why The Founders Could Not Have Devised A Trump-Proof Democracy

Writing in 1782, in the aftermath of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine exclaimed, “We are now really another people.”

What Paine meant, in part, was that the new republican form of government required a new and different kind of person, a new kind of citizen.  People were used to being subjects of the Crown, ruled monarchically through fear and force. So, the fledgling republic devoted to freedom faced the challenge of making liberty and some kind of governmental authority compatible.  As noted historian Gordon Wood has noted, echoing Paine, simply transforming the structure and nature of authority, of government, would not be sufficient: “The people themselves,” he wrote, attempting to capture the sentiment and urgency of the time, “must change as well.” read more

Trump Wishes Nation a “Happy Thanksgiving” While Sharing News of Supreme Court’s Covid-19 Ruling

Almost immediately after the death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, then a federal judge, to fill her seat. The nomination was highly contentious; Barrett came under fire for her views her critics believed would tilt the balance of the court in a partisan direction. The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Barrett to the nation’s highest court within a month.

And late last night, the Supreme Court voted to bar the state of New York from reimposing Covid-19 restrictions on religious gatherings. The ruling was 5-4, and Justice Barrett was the crucial swing vote, siding with her conservative colleagues.

The news prompted President Donald Trump to wish the country a “Happy Thanksgiving” as he shared coverage of the ruling from the nonpartisan SCOTUSblog, which has covered the Supreme Court since 2002.

In their decision, the majority said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions violated the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion. The restrictions varied and depended on zone: In “red” zones, zip codes where coronavirus infections are the highest, no more than 10 people may attend religious services. Attendance is capped at 25 in “orange” zones, where the risk of coronavirus infection isn’t as high.

The unsigned majority opinion in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America said that Covid-19 regulations are “far more restrictive than any Covid-related regulations that have previously come before the court, much tighter than those adopted by many other jurisdictions hard hit by the pandemic, and far more severe than has been shown to be required to prevent the spread of the virus.”

President Trump has often sparred with Cuomo over coronavirus restrictions and accused him of mishandling the pandemic in the state, which experienced the heaviest losses in the spring. More than 34,000 people have died in New York since the pandemic began, though the curve in the state has remained relatively flat in the last few months, experiencing a slower uptick in Covid-19 cases as the virus has spread further afield, endangering lives in the Midwest and in the Sunbelt.

Amy Coney Barrett Played Key Role in SCOTUS Decision Barring NY from Reimposing Covid-19 Restrictions on Religious Gatherings

Last night, the Supreme Court voted to bar the state of New York from reimposing Covid-19 restrictions on religious gatherings. The court voted 5-4 in an emergency ruling issued just before midnight. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was just recently confirmed, sided with her conservative colleagues in a crucial swing vote.

In their decision, the majority said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions violated the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion. The restrictions varied and depended on zone: In “red” zones, zip codes where coronavirus infections are the highest, no more than 10 people may attend religious services. Attendance is capped at 25 in “orange” zones, where the risk of coronavirus infection isn’t as high.

The unsigned majority opinion in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America said that Covid-19 regulations are “far more restrictive than any Covid-related regulations that have previously come before the court, much tighter than those adopted by many other jurisdictions hard hit by the pandemic, and far more severe than has been shown to be required to prevent the spread of the virus.”

By contrast, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented: “Free religious exercise is one of our most treasured and jealously guarded constitutional rights,” she wrote. “States may not discriminate against religious institutions, even when faced with a crisis as deadly as this one. But those principles are not at stake today.”

Sotomayor, in particular, said that the Constitution “does not forbid states from responding to public health crises through regulations that treat religious institutions equally or more favorably than comparable secular institutions, particularly when those regulations save lives. Because New York’s Covid-19 restrictions do just that, I respectfully dissent.”

The impact of Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court cannot be denied, signaling that support for Covid-19 restrictions has shifted since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prompted President Donald Trump and Republican colleagues to speed up a confirmation process in a bid to secure a conservative majority.

The hashtag #AmyCovidBarrett began to trend on social media after the ruling, which renewed calls for President-elect Joe Biden to expand the court once he takes office.

So essentially SCOTUS ruled against what’s happening in the best interest of the state, and by extension, the public interest. Sure, let the religious zealots dictate what’s best. Nice work, #AmyCovidBarrett. Let’s hope Biden expands the Court. It is time. read more

WATCH: Legal Expert Neal Katyal Explains Why Trump’s Supreme Court Gambit Will Fail

Donald Trump was hoping to win enough electoral college votes to win the White House on Tuesday night. He was also prepared to go nuclear in the likely event that he failed to do so.

This morning and into the afternoon, the Mid-West Blue Wall states began to break heavily for Biden. The Trump legal team attempted to shut down the counts both with lawsuits and by having people show up at polling places. That failed.

So now Trump has moved on to hoping that the Supreme Court needs to get involved in the election. Today on MSNBC, legal expert Neal Katyal explained why that strategy is doomed to fail.

The former White House lawyer told Nicolle Wallace:

“I have no idea what the heck he’s talking about,you can’t just make it so and get a Supreme Court case. Ijust argued a case at theSupreme Court this morning that’s been two years in the making and that’s pretty quick. You have to bring it up in the system, start in the trial court, so on. I think he’stalking about this other litigation out there and it’s certainly possible something ultimately will get to the Supreme Court, but I don’t think so far looking at the tapestry of litigation out there, nothing seems to have a tremendous amount of merit or enough to help Trump at this point.” read more

WATCH: Lou Dobbs Says That Elected Democrats Are The Enemies Of The People

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Amy Coney Barrett is now a sitting member of the United States Supreme Court. Her journey there was quite disgraceful. Despite numerous United States senators promising that they wouldn’t vote on a justice during an election year, they somehow managed to confirm her in mere weeks.

And as they commonly do, Republicans have been quick to wipe their success in the faces of Democrats. Democrats, however, could soon get the chance to expand the court and rectify the Conservative dishonesty. The idea that they may do so has enraged  Lou Dobbs. The Fox host today called elected Democratic officials, the “enemies of the people.”

Dobbs began the segment, “The radical Dems are now crazed and they’re now frenzied after the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as the newest justice on the high court. On the Supreme Court.”

He continued, “rather than accepting our constitutional norms the Dems, of course, well, have fallen into the grip of a psychological collapse. They didn’t get their way, once again. They didn’t get their way and Conservatives did. So now, they are threatening to pack the court, do whatever they can, to destroy the Republic.

Dobbs closed his remarks by saying:

“Those are, quite simply, the enemies of the people. They are threatening the American people, they’re threatening our government and our way of life. And these are the very same people who are complicit in what has been a four-year effort to stop the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump and then conspiring and taking every effort possible to overthrow the president of the United States.” read more

White House to Hold Swearing-In Ceremony for Barrett Despite Coronavirus Concerns

The White House plans to hold a swearing-in ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett later tonight following her expected confirmation to the United States Supreme Court despite coronavirus concerns.

According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, once Barrett is confirmed by the Senate, “then we expect for a swearing in to happen later this evening if all goes well.”

“We’re doing… the best we can to encourage as much social distancing as possible. It’ll be outdoors if it goes off as planned right now,” Meadows said. “And still continue to do testing in and around those that are critical to the mission to try to get there.”

A Rose Garden event for Barrett last month has been credited as the source for an outbreak of coronavirus in the White House. President Donald Trump tested positive, as did several high-profile members of his staff, including counselor to the president Hope Hicks and Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary.

Responding to criticisms that tonight’s event could spark a repeat of last month’s event, Meadows said: “

The very first event, while there’s a whole lot of connects that have been made with who was at the event and who came down with it, we’ve been able to look at that and track as many as three different areas where the virus actually infected different people within the White House. So it didn’t all come from that particular event.” read more

Senate Democratic Leadership Tells Pence To Stay Away After Multiple COVID Exposures

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The Senate’s Democratic leadership has told Vice President Mike Pence not to preside over Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation vote to the Supreme Court after his chief of staff and four other top aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Not only would your presence in the Senate Chamber tomorrow be a clear violation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, it would also be a violation of common decency and courtesy,” Senate Democrats said in a letter. “Your presence alone could be very dangerous to many people – not just Senators, but to all the truly essential staff – both Democratic and Republican – who must be physically present inside the U.S. Capitol for it to function. These men and women are the Capitol Police officers, the custodians, the food service workers, the floor staff, and everyone else that makes the Capitol complex work. On their behalf, please reconsider your decision to attend tomorrow’s vote.”

The Vice President has said he would not quarantine after being exposed. The White House, in a statement, said Pence is “essential” and would stick to his campaign schedule with just days to go until the general election. Democrats addressed that as well.

“Nothing about your presence in the Senate tomorrow can be considered essential. You will not need to cast the deciding vote to break a tie. Your presence tomorrow would be purely ceremonial,” they write. “We believe that if you and President Trump finally began to take this crisis seriously, instead of taking actions that could further increase the spread, we would all be safer and better off. We appreciate your consideration of our request.”

The letter was signed by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray, (D-WA), Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Vice Chair of the Conference Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Vice Chair of the Conference Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Chair of Steering Committee Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chair of Outreach Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Vice Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Democratic Conference Secretary Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

You can read the letter in its entirety HERE.

Update: Pence claims that he tested negative this morning, but the White House uses an Abbott instant testing system with a 48% false negative rate.

VP Mike Pence and Karen Pence were tested for COVID-19 this morning (Monday) and tested negative, per spokesperson Devin O’Malley.

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) October 26, 2020 read more

Your Credibility Dies in This Room: Watch Sheldon Whitehouse Tell GOP They Will Regret Confirming Coney Barrett

News of Ruth Bader Ginsbirg’s death broke just about a month ago. At the time, a giddy Mitch McConnell could barely contain his excitement. The GOP worked to fill the seat.

The many Republican lawmakers who said in 2016 that a Supreme Court Justice shouldn’t be sat in an election year were happy to wear egg on their faces. And the hearing process was furiously pushed, culminating this week.

There is little that Democrats can do to stop Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment. Simply put, the Republicans have the necessary votes. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, hoped to at least give the GOP pause with a stirring speech on Thursday.

“Don’t think when you have established the rule of ‘because we can,’ that should the shoe be on the other foot, you will have any credibility to come to us and say: ‘yeah, I know you can do that, but you shouldn’t,’” Whitehouse began. “Your credibility to make that argument at any time in the future will die in this room and on that Senate floor if you continue.” read more

Trump Advertises Ted Cruz’s New Book to Drum Up Support for Filling Supreme Court Vacancy

Trump Press Conference Mail In Voting Meltdown

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to drum up support for filling in the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The president advertised Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s new book, One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History.

Our Great 1st Amendment, our Great 2nd Amendment, our right to worship God & so much more comes down to one vote on the Court. @TedCruz has a fantastic new book, ‘One Vote Away’, out today!” the president wrote, adding that “It’s the best book to read as we fight to” confirm his nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court.

Our Great 1st Amendment, our Great 2nd Amendment, our right to worship God & so much more comes down to one vote on the Court. @TedCruz has a fantastic new book, “One Vote Away”, out today! It's the best book to read as we fight to #ConfirmACB to #SCOTUS. https://t.co/M9xyXiUti2 read more

Fox News Analyst: Trump’s Supreme Court Gambit Removes “All Pretense About Justices as Impartial”

Fox News analyst Juan Williams says President Donald Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is “a power grab,” noting that his “actions remove all pretense about justices as impartial, learned people upholding the law.”

“What we have now at the very top of the American judicial system are nine politicians wearing the robes of Supreme Court justices,” Williams wrote in an op-ed for The Hill.

“This fits with Trump transforming the Centers for Disease Control from a trusted source of information on heath to a political agency being used to minimize his failed handling of a pandemic,” he wrote. “It fits with Attorney General William Barr read more

Fox News Poll: More Americans Trust Biden on Choosing a New SCOTUS Justice

According to a new Fox News poll, more Americans trust President Donald Trump’s rival Joe Biden to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court to fill the vacant seat left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The poll found

48 percent of registered voters in Ohio, 51 percent in Pennsylvania, and 50 percent in Nevada believe Biden would do a better job of nominating the next justice. 42 percent of registered voters in Ohio, 42 percent in Pennsylvania, and 39 percent in Nevada signaled Trump would do a better job. read more

Rep. Kevin McCarthy: I’ll Force Vote to Remove Pelosi If She Tries to Impeach Trump Again

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has threatened to force a vote to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) if she has the Democrat-controlled house file articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump again. Pelosi had earlier said Democrats have “options” to delay the president from nominating someone to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week.

“If [Pelosi] revamps a baseless impeachment, we will work to remove her from the speakership,” McCarthy said during an appearance on Fox and Friends.

“We could make a motion on the floor to have another vote on Speaker, of whether she stays,” he added. “That would put a lot of people in a tough situation. Because, if she is going after the president for impeachment because he is upholding his constitutional duty, that would be very interesting for any member to stand with her on that decision…that would be shocking to me, but it wouldn’t be farfetched for the Speaker to try.”

Speaking to George Stephanopolous earlier, Pelosi

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Republican Massachusetts Governor Slams Senate’s Attempts to Confirm SCOTUS Nominee While Delaying Virus Relief

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) rebuked the Senate’s attempts to confirm a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court in remarks earlier today. Baker says the

Senate should “allow the American people to cast their ballots” first, joining a chorus of voices who say a confirmation should be decided by the winner of November’s general election. read more

WATCH: Trump Admits That He’s Rushing SCOTUS Vote So He can Contest Election Results

Trump thinks that he has done a great job

Poll after poll after poll has shown Donald Trump in poor position to remain president. While he’s down in nearly every swing states, polling is starting to show states Republicans expected to carry within the margin of error. This includes places like Texas, Georgia and Iowa.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg threw Trump’s flailing campaign a lifeline. While there are Republican hopes that a SCOTUS fight could energize their base, Trump on Tuesday hinted that he is counting on the new judge for something else.

Trump told reporters during a scrum, “We need 9 justices. You need that. With the unsolicited millions of ballots that they’re sending … you’re gonna need 9 justices.”

"We need 9 justices. You need that. With the unsolicited millions of ballots that they're sending … you're gonna need 9 justices." — Trump suggests he's counting on SCOTUS to have his back when he makes claims of election fraud following November's election pic.twitter.com/Ju8ShMe8MN read more