Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) is refusing to meet with Trump Supreme Court Pick Amy Coney Barrett - presumably as part of Democrats' strategy to delegitimize all things Trump (despite the fact that they pushed for Obama to fill a Supreme Court vacancy during an election year).
"I am not going to meet with Judge Barrett. Why would I meet with a nominee of such an illegitimate process and one who is determined to get rid of the Affordable Care Act?," Tweeted Schumer on Tuesday.
I am not going to meet with Judge Barrett. Why would I meet with a nominee of such an illegitimate process and one who is determined to get rid of the Affordable Care Act?https://t.co/7v4ES3HNM1— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 29, 2020
Schumer joins Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (HI) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) in refusing to meet the Supreme Court nominee - essentially throwing a temper tantrum because there's virtually nothing Democrats can do to block Barrett's confirmation unless several Republican Senators were to change their minds.
One Democrat who does want to meet Barrett is Cory Booker (NJ) - who told "Meet the Press" recently that "It's my intention to do so ... I'm going to make it very clear. One of the things I want to ask her is will she recuse herself in terms of any election issues that come before us, because if she does not recuse herself, I fear that the court will be further delegitimized."
On Saturday, President Trump announced Barrett as his pick to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 8th after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Maybe Schumer should listen to Obama and Biden on the topic of Supreme Court nominations in an election year?
Obama on the 2016 empty SCOTUS seat:— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 19, 2020
"Let the American people watch him. Let him answer questions in front of the voters — Republican, Democrat, and independent — and then call a vote." pic.twitter.com/pFNwrsYxFe
.@JoeBiden in 2016:— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 19, 2020
“I would go forward with a confirmation process as chairman, even a few months before a presidential election, if the nominee were chosen with the advice, and not merely the consent, of the Senate, just as the Constitution requires.” pic.twitter.com/4tiPjZZTHw