Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused Donald Trump on Sunday of rushing to install a new Supreme Court justice to “scrap the entire affordable care law,” known as Obamacare, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Trump has appointed Amy Coney Barrett, a darling of the Tories for her religious views, to replace the late Liberal Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a life seat on the highest court, which could impact some of the most partisan issues in America, from abortion to gun rights. to health care.
His decision to push his candidacy within weeks of the tense and potentially contested November 3 election, in which polls show he is the underdog, has galvanized Democrats, who are calling for the decision to be made by the winner of the vote.
Trump and the Republican Party are pushing Barrett’s confirmation because they “see an opportunity to overturn the affordable care law by going out,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware.
He again urged the Senate to delay confirmation until the election is over, noting that early voting has already started.
“Never before in the history of our nation has a Supreme Court judge been appointed and installed when a presidential election was already underway,” he said.
“There are Republicans in the Senate who know in their hearts that if you turn off the voice of the people during an election, you shut the door on American democracy afterwards,” Biden continued.
Subverting that “so unnecessarily … would be an irreversible step towards the edge”.
He continued: “Voters will not stand this abuse of power. And if we are to call ourselves a democracy, their voices must be heard.”
Earlier, Trump expressed confidence in the confirmation Sunday in an interview with “Fox & Friends.”
“I think we will do it easily before the elections,” he said.
“I think it would be nice to do that. Eliminate him,” he continued, adding, “We have plenty of time.”
Unless there is a huge surprise, Republican senators, who have 53 out of 100 votes in the upper house of Congress, are expected to confirm Barrett.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has already announced that a vote will take place “this year.”
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