Following President Donald Trump’s appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States, Democratic members of the U.S. Senate have spoken out against the nomination.
Senate Democrats take issue with Senate Republicans’ willingness to consider an appointee to the high court this close to Election Day when the Senate GOP declined to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court appointee, Judge Merrick Garland, in 2016. However, some Democratic senators have taken their opposition to another level by mischaracterizing Judge Barrett’s record and refusing to even meet with her. Unfortunately, this group includes both U.S. senators from New York: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
On September 27, Leader Schumer stated that he would “strongly oppose” Judge Barrett’s nomination. Two days later, he tweeted: “I am not going to meet with Judge Barrett. Why would I meet with a nominee of such an illegitimate process and one who is determined to get rid of the Affordable Care Act?” For her part, Sen. Gillibrand made the following statement:
President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court represents the further degradation of our democracy and the continued politicization of our judiciary. Even if this process had been legitimate, Barrett’s anti-choice views, opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and hostility to immigrant rights and civil rights make her completely unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. I vehemently oppose Barrett’s nomination and will vote against her confirmation.
In making these statements, the two senators have made it clear that they are not evaluating Judge Barrett based on her qualifications or on her jurisprudence, but rather on her perceived opposition to their policy agenda.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms calls upon Leader Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand to abandon their ideology-based objections to Judge Barrett’s nomination and to consider this nominee on her merits.