House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just confirmed that Democrats are open to pursuing impeachment, if necessary, to stop President Donald Trump from filling the seat vacated by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87.
When asked about the potential for impeachment, Pelosi said she and the Democrats would “use every arrow in [their] quiver,” to stop Trump from putting up a nominee, according to Fox News.
The House speaker’s comments came on Sunday’s episode of ABC’s This Week.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” Pelosi said, according to Fox. “This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election.”
“Every arrow in our quiver”
According to Fox, Pelosi also said Sunday that her and Democrats’ “main goal…would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the American people from the coronavirus.” The House speaker seemed to be teeing up an argument that Trump had failed to adequately contain the virus.
“I have faith in the American people,” Pelosi said. “But the fact is, this administration has been a total failure in protecting the health and wellbeing of the American people, and it has had an impact on the economy.”
This Week host George Stephanopoulos then pressed Pelosi: “To be clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver, you’re not ruling anything out?”
The House speaker was clear: “Protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Speaker Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when pressed on what Democrats would do if Pres. Trump and Republicans push a SCOTUS nomination ahead of the Nov. 3 election. https://t.co/JhU93KY3iQ pic.twitter.com/HOmI8AxREN
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 20, 2020
“Every procedural tool available”
Pelosi isn’t the only Democrat who’s threatened action to stop Trump from fulfilling his constitutional duty, however. Speaking alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called on her colleagues to use “every procedural tool available,” according to Axios.
But even Fox News’ anti-Trump legal analyst Andrew Napolitano has said there’s little Democrats can do to hold Trump back. The Supreme Court needs nine justices, and there’s no doubting that the president and Senate Republicans will do everything they can to confirm the ninth and newest member to the bench.