U.S. Senate Majority Leader (R-KY) has enraged Democratic Party leaders by vowing to hold a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett prior to the end of President Donald Trump’s first term.
Nevertheless, the GOP leader remains unfazed, as he revealed in a scathing speech from the Senate floor this week.
“Turn back the clock”
According to the Washington Examiner, McConnell scoffed at the “hysterical claims” being made by Democrats in opposition to Barrett’s confirmation.
While early tallies indicate the Republican majority is likely united enough to push through Trump’s nominee along party lines, McConnell remains engaged in rallying more support this week. In addition to dismissing allegations of hypocrisy given his role in blocking an election-year hearing for then-President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, the majority leader went on to accuse Democrats of using “scare tactics” to make their case.
Specifically, he laughed off the idea that Barrett would “turn back the clock on women’s rights,” summing up his opinion of the argument succinctly: “What a joke.”
Democrats have described Barrett as a potential threat to the Affordable Care Act as well as the abortion rights protected under the Roe v. Wade decision.
“That’s the claim,” McConnell said, according to the Examiner. “This mother of seven, including multiple children who were born or adopted facing pre-existing condition medical challenges, is just itching to block families like hers from accessing medical care. What a joke. What a joke.”
“Even more convinced”
McConnell went on to condemn reports focusing on Barrett’s religious beliefs, asserting that the “elite class is already treating Americans of faith like exotic animals on displaying a menagerie.”
The nominee began meeting with senators this week ahead of confirmation hearings set to begin on Oct. 12, according to Fox News.
After meeting with Barrett, McConnell said he had no doubt that she is qualified for the lifetime appointment despite the concerns of Democrats.
“I left our discussion even more convinced that President Trump has nominated exactly the kind of outstanding person whom the American people deserve to have on their highest court,” McConnell said, as the Washington Examiner reported.
Regardless of her objective qualifications, there is little doubt that Barrett will face a harsh reception by Democrats when she appears for her confirmation hearings next month.