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Kamala Harris: We'll fight to prevent Trump 'infection' from spreading to Supreme Court

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/28/2020 Naomi Lim
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Senate Republicans likely have the numbers to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, but Sen. Kamala Harris urged Democrats to wage political war over the nomination.

"They want you to feel tired. They want you to feel like your fight doesn't matter. But we will not give up, and we will not give in," Harris said Monday.

She added, "We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court."

The California Democrat delivered her remarks at Shaw University, a historically black college in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the civil rights group the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, was founded. Though a Senate Judiciary Committee member, she spoke in her capacity as the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Harris framed Trump and Senate Republican efforts to elevate Barrett to the country's highest court as an assault on healthcare, voting rights, and “our ability to make a living, take care of our families, and dismantle systemic racism." Barrett would reshape the bench with a 6-3 conservative bent.

However, she claimed Trump and the Senate Republicans were pushing through her nomination just 40 days before Election Day because they know the president is "weak" and faces defeat if Democrats turn out and vote.

"President Trump and his party are about to learn something. They may think that it is they who have the power in this country, but they don't. The American people are the ones who have the power," she said.

Barrett's confirmation hearings are set to start on Oct. 12 and are expected to last four days.

Harris released a statement Saturday shortly after Trump unveiled Barrett as his choice. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the former two-term vice president, followed up his statement with an address Sunday.

“Never before in our nation’s history has a Supreme Court Justice been nominated and installed while a presidential election is already underway," he said. “It defies every precedent, every expectation in a nation where the people, the people, are sovereign and the rule of law reigns."

Tags: News, 2020 Elections, Amy Coney Barrett, 2020 Elections, Kamala Harris, Biden, Joe Biden, Campaigns, Campaign 2020, Supreme Court

Original Author: Naomi Lim

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