Chuck Schumer and the Democrats thought the coronavirus was the last straw that would break the Trump Presidency and re-election campaign.
But they just got some bad news,
And Chuck Schumer was stunned to learn about one gigantic defeat.
Chuck Schumer repeatedly called on Republicans to delay confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court after two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee tested positive for coronavirus.
Schumer also called for Judge Barrett to self isolate for two weeks – which would throw off Republicans plans to start her confirmation hearings to October 12 – because several people that attended the White House event where President Trump announced her nomination contracted the virus.
Republicans dismissed these partisan calls and pledged to proceed as planned.
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso – who is a member of leadership – told Fox News there would be no delay.
“That’s right — there’s not going to be a delay,” Brassoo. “We’re moving forward with the hearings on Monday, [October] 12. As you know, Chuck Schumer is committed to do everything he can to block, stop, derail this nomination. We’ve been having committee meetings for months on Capitol Hill, with sometimes the witness and many times the members Skyping in to ask questions. When she had her hearing three years ago, she was attacked by Dianne Feinstein for her religion. I think they’re going to throw the kitchen sink at her. We saw it with Brett Kavanaugh. I expect they’re going to try to do everything they can to derail this nomination, and delaying it is part of those tactics.”
Rand and fellow Republicans quickly fell in line and echoed that message.
“I don’t think this is going to upend anything,” Florida Senator Rick Scott told Fox News the following day. “And by the way, Judge Barrett is a wonderful person. She’s humble. She’s got a wonderful family, adopted two kids from Haiti. She is a successful law professor, successful judge. She needs to be confirmed. We’ll get her confirmed the last week of October. She’s already been confirmed by most people in the Senate. It’s not like she’s a new person. She has already gone through this process three years ago.”
Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler agreed.
“[W]e need to keep pushing forward. We need to confirm Amy Coney Barrett before the election. We will do that. Sen. Chairman Graham is going to keep us on that track. Leader McConnell is. And we’re going to our jobs. We’re going to meet our constitutional duty,” Loeffler also told Fox News.
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began many Congressional hearings have been held by video conference.
There is no reason the Senate Judiciary Committee cannot conduct its business virtually if need be.
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