Both moderate Democrats have not only stated they oppose rushing to fill a vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—they have blasted Mitch McConnell for pushing to confirm a nominee before the election.
The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who graduated from Columbia law school, left only graduates from Harvard and Yale on the Supreme Court.
In a statement issued on Monday, McConnell said that "President Trump's nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate."
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell now has the Republican majority needed to move forward with confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
The Democratic presidential candidate hasn't released a list of potential candidates for the high court. But legal experts say the pool of qualified prospects is small enough to make some very good educated guesses about who the former veep might nominate if he wins in November.
Republicans have broken our democratic institutions, and Democrats must lead in fixing them.
Half of registered voters (50 percent) expressed support for delaying the process until after the election, the Politico/Morning Consult poll survey found.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death created a vacancy on the nation's highest court, just weeks before the presidential election.
The Republican National Committee video montage of prominent Democrats uses the tagline: "2020 Democrats should listen to 2016 Democrats."
Arguments about packing the Supreme Court are laying bare the divisions within the Democratic Party following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Don't let anyone tell you this issue is governed by other legal provisions, vague "norms" or historical "precedents" such as the so-called "Biden Rule." There are only two principles that apply, both rooted in Article II of the Constitution.
Democrats have guaranteed that politics will dominate the Ginsburg seat, but there is no constitutional reason for the politicization otherwise. The Constitution allows Trump to nominate someone for a vacancy right up until his term expires.
The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has accused Republicans of disrespecting the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in their rush to choose a successor.
The Democratic presidential candidate has avoided discussing the prospect of adding further justices, though has previously spoken against such suggestions.
Senator Lindsey Graham has suggested Democrats will do everything possible to keep the vacant Supreme Court seat open.
The Colorado senator has said he will support a "qualified nominee" who will "protect our constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law," should one be put forward.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said she opposed the idea of abolishing the filibuster, earning condemnation from many Democrats and progressives.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said Republicans want to "tilt" the U.S. Supreme Court "so that it doesn't reflect the values of the majority of Americans."
U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa, one of President Donald Trump's top choices to potentially replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a practicing Catholic who favors the legal philosophy of Constitutional originalism.
Democrats need just four Republican senators to side with them. It appears they will fall short of that threshold.
"I therefore think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by President Trump to fill this vacancy," Senator Lindsey Graham wrote.
The Senate majority leader rejected accusations from Democrats that moving to confirm a new justice would be hypocritical just weeks before the election, given his refusal in 2016 to allow a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee.
The prediction comes as President Donald Trump revealed not only that his choice will likely be a woman but that Lagoa was a serious contender for the open Supreme Court seat.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said last year he did not believe expanding the Supreme Court was a good idea.
Amy Coney Barrett and her husband both belong to the People of Praise group, which teaches that men have authority over their wives.
With Democrats outraged at the prospect of a Trump-nominated justice being given a Supreme Court spot months from the election, speculation is mounting around how they might combat SCOTUS having a conservative slant.
The bulwark is a public that holds power accountable—demanding stronger guardrails against its abuses and voting power-mongers out of office.
"We're here with your wake up call @LindseyGrahamSC," tweeted protest organizer Sunrise Movement DC. "RBG's seat will be filled after the election."
"I don't know if she said that or that was written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi, I'd be more inclined to the second you don't know, it came out of the wind, it sounds so beautiful. But that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe Pelosi or shifty Schiff," the president said Monday.
It is paramount that the Supreme Court not be left with a vacancy in the middle of a pandemic that continues to restrain the religious liberty of millions of Americans and stoke chaos in our streets.