This revelation comes as a big shock to the political community.
No one expected this news.
Now, Mike Pence revealed this shocking news that could jeopardize the election.
Pence has come forward and said that he is no longer going to attend the confirmation vote for Amy Coney Barrett this Monday.
Reporters and politicians alike were shocked at the news, especially since Pence himself stated that he wouldn’t miss the event “for the world.”
“The senate’s going to finish their work on Monday, and as vice president, I’m president of the Senate. And I’m gonna be in the chair because I wouldn’t miss that vote for the world. And I’ll make you a prediction. Come this Monday night, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is going to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett. We’re gonna fill that seat.”
So why the sudden 180?
The answer lies in the thing that has plagued us all year: coronavirus.
Since Pence’s Saturday rally, his Press Secretary, Devin O’Malley released a statement saying that Marc Short, the vice president’s chief of staff, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Since Pence is considered in “close contact” with Short, he is required by the White House Medical Unit to quarantine.
In addition to Short, there are claims that at least three other members of the vice president’s staff have contracted the virus.
The Wall Street Journal reported that:
“at least four other aides who work with the vice president have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days. “People familiar with the matter” told the Journal that Marty Obst, an advisor to Pence, is one of those who has tested positive for coronavirus, and “one person familiar with the matter” pointed to three others who have tested positive, which would bring the combined total to five.”
A White House official told CNN that both Pence and second lady Karen Pence officially tested negative for coronavirus on Sunday.
Despite the news, Senate Republicans went ahead with the procedural vote on Sunday.
The Senate Republicans – with the exclusion of Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski – voted to end the debate on Barrett’s confirmation and to go ahead with an official vote on Monday.
McConnell tweeted on Sunday:
“The Senate just voted to advance one of the most qualified nominees in generations. Judge Barrett’s intellectual brilliance, integrity, and commitment to impartiality are above reproach. Tomorrow, we will vote to confirm the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,”
The vote went forward and on Monday, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed into the Supreme Court.
Despite the setbacks and the Democrats attempts to prevent it, Barrett is now a Supreme Court justice.
This is a historic occasion no matter what side of politics you fall under.
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