Following President Donald Trump’s announcement on Saturday that he picked Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) continued their campaign of resistance.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate weighed in on the topic during a speech on Monday, comparing the president’s third opportunity to select a Supreme Court nominee to an “infection” that continues to spread from his administration, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“We will not give up”
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has pledged that the chamber will vote on Barrett’s confirmation during Trump’s first term, lawmakers on the other side of the aisle have promised to respond using any tools at their disposal.
For her part, Harris compared the nomination to a disease on the verge of spreading from the political realm into the nation’s highest court.
She went on to accuse the president of attempting to suppress turnout among minority voters.
“They want you to feel tired,” Harris said. “They want you to feel like your fight doesn’t matter. But we will not give up, and we will not give in.”
As for Barrett’s nomination, the senator said her party “will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court.”
“About to learn something”
Biden also criticized Trump and the GOP for pushing for Barrett’s confirmation with Election Day just weeks away. In a speech on Sunday, the former vice president accused the president of violating fundamental norms.
“Never before in our nation’s history has a Supreme Court justice been nominated and installed while a presidential election is already underway,” he declared.
Five justices have, however, been “nominated and installed in an election year by presidents running for reelection,” as reported by FactCheck.org.
Harris portrayed Barrett’s nomination as a threat to “our ability to make a living, take care of our families, and dismantle systemic racism,” declaring that the president “and his party are about to learn something” when voters make their voices heard at the ballot box.
With races tightening across many battleground states, however, this Supreme Court nomination might turn out to be the electoral boost Republicans need in the final stretch of election season.