Since Tuesday’s election took center stage in the headlines, few reports have been published about the recent installation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. But it looks like that’s about to change.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) certainly hasn’t forgotten about Barrett’s confirmation to the high court. According to the Daily Caller, Pelosi railed against the new SCOTUS justice on Tuesday, calling Barrett an “illegitimate” addition to the bench.
Nancy strikes back
Pelosi’s remarks came during a recent press conference with Democratic Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos. There, the House speaker held nothing back as she slammed Barrett’s political ideology, even making a baseless claim that Barrett would immediately work to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“The president is installing an illegitimate Supreme Court Justice one week before the election, after 60 million Americans have voted, who will dismantle the ACA, and won’t say, by the way, when asked, by Senator [Dianne] Feinstein, do you think Medicare is constitutional? She said she really couldn’t say,” Pelosi said of Barrett, according to the Daily Caller.
Pelosi’s allegation that Barrett is an “illegitimate” member of the high court echoes a similar statement made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in mid-October.
The New York Democrat had called the process of nominating and confirming Barrett “illegitimate” while vowing that his party would continue to fight in opposition to her appointment, according to Fox News.
Barrett’s role on the high court
Weeks later, the House speaker’s disparaging remarks about Barrett come as many political analysts predict that the ultimate winner of Tuesday’s presidential election could very well end up in the hands of the Supreme Court.
It’s a situation that Democrats have been concerned about for weeks. According to Reuters, President Donald Trump had told reporters at a White House event ahead of Barrett’s confirmation that he was sure the election would “end up in the Supreme Court, and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices.”
During Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Democrats desperately attempted to force the judge to commit to recusing herself from any election-related cases that should rise to the level of the Supreme Court, which she refused to do.
“I certainly hope that all members of the committee have more confidence in my integrity than to think that I would allow myself to be used as a pawn to decide this election for the American people,” Barrett told the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, according to the New York Post.
With it looking more and more like the presidential election results could soon end up in the Supreme Court’s hands, Democrats will undoubtedly continue to play the “illegitimate” card while calling for Barrett’s recusal.
One can only hope it doesn’t come to that.