President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Oct. 6, said that Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation in the Senate “will be fast and easy,” amid Democrats’ efforts to delay the process.
The president made the comment in response to a tweet from Paul Sperry, who suggested the Senate battle would be “bloody.”
It will be fast and easy! https://t.co/Foq5cJWrzX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
Democrats have pushed back against the nomination, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warning that Democrats would “use every arrow in the quiver,” to stop the confirmation and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying, “Nothing is off the table,” if Republicans move forward this year with filling the Supreme Court vacancy.
Last week, Democrats led by Schumer refused to meet with Barrett, calling the process that led to her nomination so close to a presidential election “illegitimate.”
Schumer and vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) this week called for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing to be pushed back following the CCP Virus (COVID-19) diagnosis of President Trump and White House personnel.
“If it’s not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it’s not safe for the hearings to go forward,” said Schumer, adding, “A virtual hearing is virtually no hearing at all.”
“We all know the President’s cavalier attitude toward COVID, towards masks, toward social distancing, has endangered many people, including himself,” Schumer added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed doubt about the Democrat’s argument to delay Barrett’s nomination.
“We’ve been dealing with this since May. All of a sudden, it’s become disabling?” McConnell told “The Story” on Tuesday. “This is just another effort to try to delay the process on this outstanding Supreme Court nominee that the president has sent up to the Senate.”
“We’ve been operating successfully with masking and social distancing since May,” he said. “We’re going to continue to operate. The American people are entitled to it and that’s what we are going to do.”
President Trump has the virus and was discharged from Walter Reed hospital Monday night. Three Republican senators have tested positive for the virus, including Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) who said Monday that he would “go in a moon suit” to confirm Barrett even if he is still positive with the CCP Virus.
Likewise, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said the Senate will vote to confirm Barrett despite the coronavirus outbreak among several Republican senators, reported Daily Caller.
“I’m very confident. I believe we have the votes. I believe we’ll get it done,” Cruz said during a Washington Post Live interview. “As I see it, we have a solid 51 votes right now. And from the conversations in the conference, I don’t see that changing.”