Democrats hold senate floor overnight in protest of Barrett
Democrats in the Senate are holding the floor all night long in Washington to protest the imminent confirmation of judge Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court.
The Democrats don’t have the numbers to stop the confirmation, but their refusal to leave the floor on the eve of the vote is meant to register the strength of their protest to the Republican decision to ram a supreme court appointment through during an election, at a time when the senate has been otherwise shut down from coronavirus.
Maryland senator Chris Van Hollen is speaking now about a patient who he says will lose her health care coverage if Barrett’s elevation to the court results in the striking down of the Affordable Care Act, as Democrats have warned. You can watch the proceedings on CSPAN.
The Democrats are also out to extract the maximum political cost for the Republican decision to advance the nomination, despite polls indicating that a majority of the US public want the next president to pick the next suprreme court justice.
The perception that the Republicans are hijacking the political process in what Democrats have called a power grab could strengthen the headwinds against Republicans as they struggle to hold their majority in 2021.
Here again is a link to the interview with Donald Trump published on Sunday by 60 Minutes, an institution in US television news known for editorial balance and seriousness of purpose. Significantly, the program also reaches millions of older voters, who overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016 but who appear to be splitting their vote this year between the candidates.
In this clip, via Vox’s Aaron Rupar, Trump whines about the difficulty level of the questions he is being confronted with, after interviewer Lesley Stahl refuses to endorse one of his conspiracy theories about the Russia investigation.
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The US senate on Monday is expected to confirm judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US supreme court, marking a third successful nomination for Donald Trump. No president has installed three supreme court justices in one term since the 1980s.
The news program 60 minutes published its version of an interview with Donald Trump that Trump attempted to preempt by publishing video of his own three days ago, complaining that the interviewer, Lesley Stahl, had asked him unfairly difficult questions. We’ll dig into the CBS version this morning.
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