Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Saturday that the Senate should not act on the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court until “the American people have chosen the next president and the next Congress.”
“Supreme Court decisions affect our daily lives, and the Constitution was designed to give voters a voice as to who makes those decisions,” Biden tweeted Saturday, just after President Trump appointed Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy. left by the late judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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“The Senate shouldn’t act until the American people have chosen the next president and the next Congress,” Biden continued. “Americans deserve to be heard.”
Biden this week called the efforts of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to push a Senate candidate before election day an “exercise of pure political power.”
Biden highlighted the controversy surrounding Obama’s appointment of Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by the late Judge Antonin Scalia in 2016 and argued that “having made this their standard when it served their interests, they cannot, only four years later, changing course does not serve their purpose. “
Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing or vote on Garland’s nomination, citing the upcoming 2016 presidential election.
Biden declined to release a list of potential Supreme Court choices if he were elected president, saying he would submit his High Court nominations on a bipartisan basis.
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“If I win, I will make my choice for the Supreme Court – not as part of a partisan election campaign – but as previous presidents have done,” Biden said last week. “Only after consulting Democrats and Republicans in the US Senate and asking for their advice before asking for their consent.”
She added: “As everyone knows, I have made it clear that my first choice for the Supreme Court will go down in history as the first African American female justice.”
Trump’s campaign has criticized Biden for not releasing his list, suggesting that he is “hiding” something.
“We know it’s a tool of the radical left, so the only answer has to be that it doesn’t want Americans to see the radical left appointing, with court stories littered with extremist rulings on issues like abortion, religious freedom, immigration, Second Amendment Rights and government regulation, “Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told Fox News this week.
Meanwhile, Biden’s Vice President Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Said Trump’s choice to name Barrett “would harm millions of Americans.”
“Trump’s chosen successor to Judge Ginsburg’s seat makes it clear: They intend to destroy the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe,” Harris tweeted, referring to the historic Roe v. Wade.
“This selection would move the court further to the right for a generation and harm millions of Americans,” he said.
Also on Saturday, the president of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez also intervened, saying that the choice of the president “confirms what we already knew”.
“Everything we care about is at stake in this election. Healthcare is up for vote. Reproductive rights are being voted on. LGBTQ rights, voting rights and workers’ rights are being voted on. The future of our planet is under scrutiny, “he said in a statement.” Today’s announcement is an affront not only to our values of democracy, but to every organizer and activist who fought, marched and voted to make this country lives up to its founding ideals “.
Perez added: “We need to send a strong, clear and unified message to Trump and all his Republican supporters at the November polls by voting for them out of office.”
The comments come after Trump officially appointed Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday from the White House’s Rose Garden. Coney Barrett accepted the nomination, pledging to “fulfill the responsibilities of this job to the best of my ability.”
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“I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution,” he said Saturday. “I will make the same right for the poor and the rich and will faithfully and impartially fulfill my duties under the United States Constitution.”
Barrett went on to acknowledge what is likely to be a heated and controversial confirmation process.
“I am under no illusion that the road ahead of me will be easy, in the short or long term,” Barrett said. “I never imagined I would be in this position.
He added: “I will face the challenge with humility and courage”.
Addressing the members of the Senate, Barrett said: “I will do my best to show that I am worthy of your support.”