After four days of dodged questions by Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett—and barrages of disapproving remarks by Senate Democrats—Congress and the American public seem no more informed on Barrett than they were when Trump rushed her appointment, just a week after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing.
Donald Trump is running from calls for justice. Instead, he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are fixated on our courts and pushing through nominees who they believe will roll back our hard-fought civil rights.
After most Senate Republicans voted to cover up for a president who was impeached for demanding interference in our elections, Leader McConnell shamelessly picked up right where they left off and turned to filling the courts.
A president who is under the cloud of impeachment for abusing the power of his office and assaulting the legitimacy of our elections cannot be trusted to appoint judges who hold the duty of preserving and protecting our most fundamental rights, including our elections and the right to vote.
In just three years, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have transformed nearly one-fifth of the entire federal judiciary and a quarter of all circuit court judgeships. This is what that meant in 2019—for the courts, and for all of us.
The Senate returns to session this week, following the Thanksgiving break, and one of the first orders of business will be the cloture and final votes on the nominations of Eric Komitee and John Sinatra, who both refused to unequivocally state that the landmark decision in Brown was correctly decided.
“Harming our nation by placing party over country is nothing to congratulate yourself about.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee today will hold a markup, and among the nominees expected to receive votes are controversial nominees Steven Menashi (Second Circuit, New York), Halil Ozerden (Fifth Circuit, Mississippi) and Sarah Pitlyk (Eastern District of Missouri).