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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden slammed President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court as an “abuse of power.”
“The voters, in my view, are not going to stand for this abuse of power,” he said Sunday. “If we’re to call ourselves a democracy, their voices must be heard.”
He called on Americans to contact their senators to urge them not to vote on Trump’s nominee until the presidential election is over.
Biden also echoed the line of argument that’s emerged as the main Democratic talking point on the nomination — that Barrett would destroy Obamacare.
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Amy Coney Barrett brings a resume that could make her the most conservative new justice since Clarence Thomas and a dream addition for Republicans looking to remake the U.S. Supreme Court. © Bloomberg Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during an announcement ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
“It’s no mystery about what’s happening here,” he said. “President Trump is trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act.”
Judge Amy Coney Barrett looks on while being introduced by U.S. President Donald Trump as his nominee to the Supreme Court. (Chip Somodevilla/)
Earlier Sunday, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made.
While Senate Republicans are expected to try to ram through Barrett’s appointment before the Supreme Court hears a case on Obamacare in November, Biden, a former Senator, repeated his pleas to lawmakers.
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"Millions of families' health care will be ripped away in the middle of a pandemic," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said."Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court," Trump said in the Rose Garden on Saturday afternoon. "She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution—Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
“I urge every senator to take a step back from the brink,” he said. “Take off the blinders of politics for just one critical moment and stand up for the Constitution you swore to uphold. This is a time to de-escalate.”
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Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Overwhelmingly, Republicans called Amy Coney Barrett a well-qualified candidate and pushed for a confirmation in the upcoming weeks. Democrats continued to criticize the timing, with some outright saying they wouldn't meet with the nominee.