Trump: It Will Be 'Fast and Easy' to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett
The president made the declaration in tweet on Tuesday
President Donald Trump said confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court “will be fast and easy" in a tweet on Tuesday.
The president made the declaration in response to Paul Sperry's tweet, who predicted a “bloody" battle ahead.
It will be fast and easy! https://t.co/Foq5cJWrzX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
Trump on Tuesday said he asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to focus on Barrett’s confirmation instead of the federal coronavirus-relief bill negotiations currently being stalled by the Democrats.
Senate Democrats have been scrambling to stop the confirmation, arguing that whoever is elected in November should choose the nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
On Tuesday, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded that the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Barrett be delayed, citing safety reasons.
Schumer said during a press conference on Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “seems to be jamming through” the upcoming hearings despite GOP senators testing positive for COVID-19.
“It makes no sense,” said Schumer.
“If it’s not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it’s not safe for the hearings to go forward.”
But McConnell dismissed the notion:
“We've been dealing with this since May -- all of a sudden, it's become disabling,” McConnell said.
“This is just another effort to try to delay the process on this outstanding Supreme Court nominee that the president has sent up to the Senate.”
The news comes after Senate Republicans have tested positive for the coronavirus, including two on the Judiciary Committee.
McConnell said he would take precautionary measures by holding the hearings under a hybrid format, with some senators physically in the room, and some virtually.
“A virtual hearing is virtually no hearing at all,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said.
Ted Cruz said earlier that Senate Republicans believed they have enough votes to secure Barrett’s confirmation.
Last month, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden blasted Trump for moving forward with nominating Barrett for the Supreme Court, saying it was an "abuse of power."
"The voters, in my view, are not gonna stand for this abuse of power,” he said.
"And if we’re to call ourselves a Democracy, their voices must be heard."