Democrats have been looking for any excuse to delay or shut down the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court.
In an obviously desperate move, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has latched on to Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis as an excuse to delay the hearing and confirmation.
It’s a ridiculous argument because Trump wouldn’t even be involved in the process.
National Review reports:
Schumer Calls for Supreme Court Hearing Delay after Trump’s Positive Coronavirus Test
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said Friday that the upcoming confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett must be postponed to allow Barrett and senators who were potentially exposed to the virus to be tested and isolate.
“It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease,” the pair said in a statement.
President Trump announced in a tweet early Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. They reportedly have mild symptoms and are quarantining at the White House. The president’s positive diagnosis came hours after reports that Hope Hicks, a senior White House advisor, tested positive for the virus and was experiencing some symptoms.
Republican Senator Mike Lee, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, has tested positive as well, just two days after he met with in-person with Barrett.
See Schumer’s tweet below:
We now have two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have tested positive for COVID, and there may be more. I wish my colleagues well.
It is irresponsible and dangerous to move forward with a hearing, and there is absolutely no good reason to do so.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 3, 2020
This is nothing more than a lame attempt to block the appointment.
Schumer and other Democrats don’t want this to happen and they’re using this unfortunate situation as an excuse.
It’s cynical and pathetic.