US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the Senate will “easily” confirm his Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett ahead of the election, despite furious Democratic opposition to his attempt to lead the court to the right for years to come.
Trump has appointed Barrett, a darling of conservatives for her religious views, to replace late Liberal Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a life seat on the highest court, which could impact some of America’s most partisan issues, 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.
His electoral rival, Democrat Joe Biden, led the charge.
“The Senate should not act on this vacancy until the American people have chosen their next president and the next Congress,” Biden said on Saturday, just moments after Trump’s announcement of Barrett’s appointment.
But Trump expressed his confidence in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Sunday.
“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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