Biden: Trump Nominating Amy Coney Barrett Before Election is 'Abuse of Power'
Democratic presidential nominee attacks POTUS for following the US Constitution
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has attacked President Donald Trump and Republicans for moving forward with nominating Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court.
Former Vice President Biden accused Trump of "abuse of power" for nominating Barrett for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's newly-vacated SCOTUS seat before Election Day.
“U.S. Constitution provides one chance — one — for the Americans to have their voices heard on who serves a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, who makes those big decisions about their healthcare, their civil rights, and much else,” Biden said.
“That chance is now. That moment is now,” he added.
"And the voters, in my view, are not gonna stand for this abuse of power,” he continued.
"And if we’re to call ourselves a Democracy, their voices must be heard."
President Donald Trump officially nominated Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, to the Supreme Court on Saturday.
The move kicks off a confirmation process that is expected to continue into late October, mere days before the election.
Late last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said that he plans on having Barrett finished with the committee process by October 26, at which point Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will establish how to proceed, according to The Daily Wire.
During his Sunday speech, and in reference to the Supreme Court vacancy, Biden called on “every senator to take a step back from the brink, take off the blinders of politics,” and “stand up to the Constitution you swore to uphold.”
He also said that just because “you have the power to do something,” it “doesn’t absolve you of your responsibility to do right by the American people.”
Democrats have accused McConnell of violating the precedent he used back in 2016 — when a vacancy was left on the Supreme Court by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia — to avoid holding hearings for Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
McConnell has pointed out that the precedent wasn’t about not holding Supreme Court hearings during an election year, but rather, not holding hearings during an election year when the president and the Senate, which is tasked with voting on the Supreme Court nominee, are of opposite parties during an election year.
“In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term,” said McConnell in a statement earlier this month.
"We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.
“By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary.
"Once again, we will keep our promise,” the Republican Senate majority leader added.
Should Barrett be successfully appointed to the Supreme Court, she will be the only sitting justice not to have a degree from either Harvard or Yale.
She will also be nearly 35 years younger than the current oldest sitting justice, Stephen Breyer, who is 82 and has served on the court for over a quarter-century.