Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) paused during her press conference on Tuesday to launch an attack on Amy Coney Barrett, describing her as “an illegitimate Supreme Court justice” one week after Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court pick was confirmed.
“The president is installing an illegitimate Supreme Court justice just one week before the election, after 60 million Americans have voted, who will dismantle the ACA, and won’t say, either way, when asked, by Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein [D-Calif.], do you think Medicare is constitutional? She said she really couldn’t say,” Pelosi said.
Barrett was confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate last week in a 52-48 vote, according to The Hill.
Contrary to what Pelosi said, Barrett, 48, is just as legitimate as any other justice who has been confirmed to the Supreme Court.
This comes one week after Pelosi said that she does not trust the Supreme Court “one bit.”
“I don’t trust the Supreme Court one bit,” Pelosi told HuffPost. “Even the court cases they have decided in our favor, they said they will revisit, and it’s just appalling.”
Pelosi went on to attack Trump’s other Supreme Court picks as well, saying that Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh should all “recuse themselves” if Trump brings a case of election fraud to the highest court in the land.
“They should all recuse themselves, but especially the last appointment because 10 states were voting when Ruth Bader Ginsburg died,” Pelosi said.
“The day this new justice was sworn in, the whole country was voting, and it shouldn’t be something that should count toward this election.”
The California Democrat added that it’s “most unfortunate” that Trump chose to rush through Barrett’s nomination days before the election.
“He cheapened the Supreme Court,” Pelosi said. “It’s almost impossible to cheapen himself any further, but nonetheless, he reinforced that.”
In contrast to what Pelosi had to say, Trump has had nothing but praise for Barrett.
“Justice Barrett made clear she will issue rulings based solely upon a faithful reading of the law and the Constitution as written not legislate from the bench,” Trump said during her swearing in ceremony last month.
“The American people put their trust in you and their faith in you as you take up the task of defending our laws, our Constitution and this country we all love.”
This piece was written by James Samson on November 3, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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