Last Friday the Supreme Court indicated that on November 30 it will hear arguments in the Trump administration’s appeal regarding its efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census numbers used to calculate the apportionment of congressional districts.
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.”
Speaking to reporters in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans have enough votes to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court later this month.
“She’ll come out of committee next Thursday … and we’ll go to the floor with her on Friday the 23rd and stay on it until we finish,” McConnell said.”We have the votes.”
Trump's lawyers filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to try to get them to block the Manhattan DA from getting his tax returns.
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
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
Mitch McConnell is pulling incumbent Republican Senators off of the campaign trail so that they can confirm Trump's SCOTUS nominee.
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.
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.”
On Fox & Friends, Kevin McCarthy threatens to force a vote to remove Nancy Pelosi as Speaker if she makes a second attempt to impeach President Trump. pic.twitter.com/wdTZAtRv7M
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 24, 2020
Speaking to George Stephanopolous earlier, Pelosi
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.
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
Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said he supports holding a vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Although his support does not mean Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has the votes to confirm the nominee, it does mean the Senate can move forward with hearings immediately.
“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Romney said in a statement, adding that the “historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.”
President Donald Trump claimed Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will show “how incompetent she is” after news outlets reported that she will lead the Democratic opposition to his Supreme Court pick.
“Great news,” the president wrote. “It will show how incompetent she is!”
Great news. It will show how incompetent she is! https://t.co/O8pCMOU2Ma
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2020
Harris, the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president, is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be a prominent figure during any confirmation hearing. She earned considerable plaudits for her questioning of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing, which was dominated by questions related to his being accused of sexual assault.
“Nobody ever suffered like Justice Kavanaugh suffered in the hands and the mouths of those horrible people,” Trump said at a North Carolina rally on Saturday, the day after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. “They made him suffer, and the leader of the pack, I would say, was Kamala.”
Fox News personality Ainsley Earhardt criticized Democrats during this morning’s appearance on “Fox and Friends,” saying that they are “already attacking” Amy Coney Barrett, who is on the shortlist of President Donald’s picks to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, for her faith.
Democrats “are already attacking her for her Catholic faith. My question is to them, ‘What if it were a Democrat, a woman who’s a Democrat from a different faith’?” she said. “Why is it okay to attack if you’re a Christian but they would never attack another faith?”
Ainsley Earhardt claims Democrats are "already attacking" Amy Coney Barrett for her faith, because Democrats think it's "OK to attack if you're a Christian, but they would never attack another faith." pic.twitter.com/Pa6BS7PXR8
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) won’t make good on Democrats’ threat to expand the number of Supreme Court seats if they take back the White House and Senate following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Democrats are great about talking big, but we’ll see if he and the other Democrats have the guts to do anything,” Toobin said. “If they retake control of the Senate, will they really add the two seats on the Supreme Court? They’re weak and they’re wimps and they’re afraid.”
Fox News personality says opposition to President Donald Trump replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is little more than a “hissy fit” from the president’s left-wing critics.
“The lies started the day the president came down those stairs at Trump Tower, the esclator. And right now what we’re dealing with is a left that is lying about the pandemic, they’re lying about the protests, they’re now going to create another hissy fit over the fact the president has a constitutional obligation to appoint,” she said.
“The Senate is going to hear what evidence there is regarding the appropriateness of this candidate and in the end, this is about following the Constitution,” she added.
Fox's Jeanine Pirro says opposition to Trump replacing RBG on the Supreme Court is just "another hissy fit" from The Left. pic.twitter.com/wtEHeOrfyj
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 21, 2020
Earlier, Pirro derided Ginsburg, a celebrated civil rights advocate, as an “activist judge” for the role she played in guaranteeing fair pay for women nationwide.
Fox's Jeanine Pirro attacks Ruth Bader Ginsburg as "an activist judge" for the role of her dissent in Ledbetter v. Goodyear inspiring the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act pic.twitter.com/cvsgmPOOLY
Speaker Pelosi used Trump's rush to get a new Supreme Court justice against the president and showed why it is backfiring on him.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is tied in a critical Senate race, and now supporting pushing Trump's Supreme Court nominee through.
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg has been a Supreme Court Justice for the last 27 years. She was initially placed on the bench by Bill Clinton in 1993.
This death will likely allow Donald Trump to place one more Conservative Justice on the Supreme Court. Just weeks ago, Trump created a list of people that he may nominate.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader has been chomping at the bit to place a new judge on the court. This is despite the fact that he failed to vote on Merrick Garland when the 2016 election was months away.
At least some Conservatives have argued that there should not be a justice voted on during an election year. This includes Alaskan senator Lisa Murkowski.
Bader-Ginsburg became a folk hero, popular amongst both Liberals and Conservatives.
Trump will likely immediately look to place a new justice on the bench. This is a still developing story with more to come soon.
Trump is using his presidency and lawyers at the Department of Justice to ask the Supreme Court to allow him to block people on Twitter.