President Trump has chosen his supreme court nominee. With this, Republicans are ready to fight tooth and nail to ensure her confirmation.
GOP lawmakers and White House officials will push hard to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s supreme court nomination as quickly as possible. The Republican ranks know the stakes are very high. Also, sources inside the White House say the administration will “‘fiercely” defend Ms. Barret against attacks from the left.
Democrats say they’ll use everything at their disposal to block the nomination. They also claim they’re not ruling anything out, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), including impeachment. When asked if the Democrats would consider impeachment to prevent a nomination, Pelosi wouldn’t give a concrete answer. However, she didn’t say it was off the table. “We have our options, we have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” said Pelosi.
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Pelosi seems confident, but Republicans are more than ready for the Democrats’ arrows.
The Administration’s Plan
Fox News reported Monday revealing more details on the Trump administration’s battle plan. According to the report, the White House is fielding an entire team of specialists to assist in the confirmation fight, and the group has two distinct parts. One focusses on communications and public relations, while the other will guide Barrett through the Capitol Hill confirmation process. Senior White House officials say the team is “uniquely equipped” for the mission ahead of it.
The team is comprised of several members of the Trump White House. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany will be the “lead spokesperson” of the group. Her number two, Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern, will also join the group. White House communication officials Alyssal Farah and Ben Williamson fill out the rest of the squad. Additionally, inside sources say the group will also have White House staff at their disposal for rapid research and response.
“We will need to be knife fighters with the opposition and will be prepared to marshal information quickly, and disseminate it to push back on any false narratives or attacks on her and her family, because we anticipate, unfortunately, that Democrats will go there,” an unnamed senior White House official told reporters from Fox News. “We’re mounting an offensive strategy on her behalf because she is such an incredible and inspiring nominee,” the official added. “We’ll be defending her fiercely every day.”
More Underhanded Attacks from Democrats
White House officials aren’t the only ones expecting underhanded attacks from Democrats. The confirmation hearings haven’t even begun yet, but the Left is already attacking Barrett for her Catholic faith. The comments were enough to prompt Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) to write a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asking Democrats not to attack Barrett for her religious preference.
“Over and over these last four years, your caucus has sought to return to the days of ‘religious tests,’ to exclude people of faith from public office and from the public square,” Hawley said. “Your members have attacked and attempted to disqualify nominees by questioning their views on the nature of sin, their beliefs about heaven and hell, their memberships in religious organizations, and the activities of their churches. But our Constitution bans religious tests.”
“Democrats’ offensive and wholly inappropriate attacks must not be repeated in this confirmation process,” Hawley wrote. “There is a long history of anti-Catholic hatred by some in this country, and a growing tide of anti-religious animus on the Left now, and I hope you and your colleagues will not play any further part in it.”
Republicans Aim for a Successful Confirmation
Hawley’s emphatic words and the White House’s “knife fighter” strategy characterize the GOP approach to the Barrett confirmation. Republicans know that this nomination is of tremendous importance. Therefore, they’re going all out to make it happen. The successful installation of the 45-year-old Barrett into the supreme court could give conservatives an unbeatable majority in the judicial branch for decades to come.
President Trump officially announced Barrett as his pick to replace deceased liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday. With this, Republicans are aiming to begin Barrett’s confirmation hearings on October 12th. With a 53-seat GOP majority in the Senate, legal experts believe the Democrats have little recourse to prevent Barrett’s confirmation if the Republicans vote along party lines.