President Donald Trump announced at the White House on Saturday that he planned to fill the Supreme Court seat formerly held by late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Amy Coney Barrett, a 48-year-old federal circuit court judge who has long been on Trump’s radar, according to CBS News. But as could be expected, those on the left aren’t taking the nomination gracefully.
The Washington Examiner reported Saturday that “Trump supporters clashed with protesters outside the White House” just as Trump was naming Barrett as his nominee — and the rhetoric exchanged was nothing short of vicious.
“Four more years”
Examiner correspondent Nic Rowan first tweeted out a video clip showing a confrontation between supporters and opponents of the president and his SCOTUS pick. While the former group could be heard chanting, “four more years,” the latter yelled, “racist scumbag,” according to the Examiner. Take a look:
Competing shouts of “four more years” and “racist scumbag” behind the White House. pic.twitter.com/ndhweNZqhv
— Nic Rowan (@NicXTempore) September 26, 2020
In another clip, an apparent Black Lives Matter supporter hurled insults toward an individual who later identified himself to the Washington Examiner as “a conservative black preacher.”
“F*** you and your g*****n Jesus, b***h,” the man, who was wearing a t-shirt that said Black Lives Matter, said. “F*** you and everybody that you support.”
When the preacher made reference to the Gospel message, the man let loose with another string of invective. “F*** you and everyone who’s not wearing this,” he said, gesturing toward his shirt, according to the Examiner. “F*** you and your racist Jesus.”
Senate Dems shun Barrett
Anger over the president’s decision to nominate a Supreme Court justice before this year’s election isn’t just being expressed in the streets. Even high-profile Democrats have been making ominous threats.
“Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said last week, according to Politico. “Nothing is off the table.”
Politico also cited Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat who reportedly said, “I just think they’re pushing the Senate into a very different place — a place where your word means nothing, where honor means nothing, and it’s all about the power politics of here and now.”
Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have already said they will not meet with Barrett prior to her confirmation hearing, as is customary, The Hill reported Saturday.
“I refuse to treat this process as legitimate and will not meet with Judge Barrett,” Sen. Sidney Blumenthal (D-CT) declared, referring to her nomination as a “sham process.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said that she would also not be meeting with Barrett. The Hawaii senator did not meet with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, either, The Hill noted.