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Trump's pick for Supreme Court justice draws GOP support, Democratic ire … as expected

By Larry McShane, New York Daily News on

Published in Political News

President Donald Trump's nomination of conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, like much of his White House tenure, was applauded and attacked across a nation divided.

While Democrats and liberal groups were quick to rip Trump and demand a vote delayed until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, Republicans and conservative organizations just as quickly hailed the choice of the 48-year-old mother of seven from Indiana to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"I will strongly oppose the nomination," promised Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who was joined in the vow by fellow New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. "President Trump and (Senate) leader Mitch McConnell are doing what no Senate has done before: shamelessly rushing to fill Justice Ginsburg's seat less than 40 days before a presidential election."

Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, calling out Barrett for her opposition to the Affordable Care Act, echoed Schumer's call for a moratorium on choosing a new justice until next year.

"The United States Constitution was designed to give the voters one chance to have their voice heard on who serves on the Court," said Biden. "That moment is now and their voice should be heard."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Barrett pick was motivated by Trump's desire to "crush the Affordable Care Act in the Congress and the courts ... . as he dismantles the pillars of health and economic security in this country."

 

"Every vote to conform this nominee is a vote to dismantle healthcare," she concluded.

Barrett, accompanied by her husband and their seven children, received a standing ovation from the Rose Garden crowd as Trump introduced her as the nominee, with the president predicting a "straightforward and prompt" confirmation.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, who called for Trump to replace Ginsburg barely an hour after the legendary jurist's death was announced, praised Barrett as the perfect choice.

"President Trump could not have made a better decision," said McConnell. "As our nation continues to mourn Justice Ginsburg and honor her trail-blazing legacy, it does seem fitting that another brilliant and talented woman at the top of their shared profession would follow in her footsteps onto the court."

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