Just over a week after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump revealed Saturday that he has chosen to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, CNBC reported.
Almost immediately, Democrats launched their attacks. Among those leading the charge is Democratic vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris, who suggested Saturday that Trump’s nomination is akin to erasing Ginsburg’s legacy, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Just yesterday, I paid my respects to the legendary Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who devoted her life to fighting for Equal Justice Under Law and a more fair and just world,” Harris, California’s junior senator, said in a statement posted to her website.
She went on: “Her passing is devastating, and it would be a travesty to replace her with a justice who is being selected to undo her legacy and erase everything she did for our country.”
“A litmus test”
As the Examiner noted, the running mate to Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden also made a point to bring up the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, in her statement, and alluded to the possibility of Barrett helping to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion.
“With the next Supreme Court Justice set to determine the fate of protections for those with preexisting health conditions, and reproductive health options, I will continue to fight on behalf of the people and strongly oppose the president’s nomination,” Harris said.
“From day one,” she added, “President Trump made clear that he had a litmus test for Supreme Court Justices — destroy the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting conditions and overturn our right to make our own health care decisions.”
Harris also brought up the nomination’s timing, complaining that Ginsburg’s seat should not be filled until after the inauguration in January.
“We must respect Americans’ voices and allow the winners of the election to nominate and confirm the next Supreme Court Justice,” the former California state attorney general said.
“A commanding role”
Washington Examiner correspondent Naomi Lim noted that those words were published through Harris’ Senate website, rather than via her campaign’s page. “The move suggests she’s preparing for a commanding role in Barrett’s confirmation hearings, slated to start Oct. 12 and expected to last three days,” Lim reported Saturday.
Harris indeed “made a splash,” in the words of ABC News’ Jack Arnholz, last time Trump put up a nominee for the Supreme Court. During a fiery exchange during now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in the fall of 2018, Harris charged: “I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us.”
Those on the left are surely hoping that Harris continues to launch similar attacks against Barrett, a 48-year-old federal judge who currently sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, according to CBS News. And if the Democrat senator’s history with Trump’s judicial nominees is any indication, Barrett better be ready for a bumpy ride.