President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court -- and Democrats were livid.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) linked the nomination to the Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to eliminate health care for millions in the middle of a pandemic," Schumer wrote. "Democrats are fighting for Americans' health care."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ripped the nomination for coming so close to the election.
"No Supreme Court vacancy has been filled this close to a presidential election. The Senate shouldn't consider any nominee until the American people have spoken and the next president has been inaugurated," Feinstein wrote.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who is the Senate's most experienced prosecutor, said, "I will refuse to treat this process as legitimate and will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett."
Here's what other Senate Democrats were saying about the nomination:
Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court is the product of a corrupt, illegitimate process that undermin… https://t.co/k9R0ze4gOn— Kirsten Gillibrand (@Kirsten Gillibrand)1601156526.0
If you don’t trust Republicans with your health care you shouldn’t trust them to fill a Supreme Court seat. If Sena… https://t.co/87Bx8lFFHa— Ron Wyden (@Ron Wyden)1601155571.0
I’ve said from the beginning that Senator McConnell should follow his own precedent from 2016: This vacancy should… https://t.co/SwwWCYzuKy— Tim Kaine (@Tim Kaine)1601155442.0
Donald Trump's nominee is a direct threat to the Affordable Care Act, reproductive choice, and so many other libert… https://t.co/qva6MDe4pH— Cory Booker (@Cory Booker)1601155371.0
1. This entire process is illegitimate. 2. We knew that anyone on Trump’s list would represent a grave threat to… https://t.co/5WGYYF0Lqt— Senator Jeff Merkley (@Senator Jeff Merkley)1601154556.0
We are barely 1 month away from Election Day. There is no honor or fairness in the way @senatemajldr and @POTUS ar… https://t.co/4JurYp74jB— Senator Ben Cardin (@Senator Ben Cardin)1601159930.0
The Senate should not be considering a Supreme Court nomination before Inauguration Day. https://t.co/Ptc5O2Yf0K— Mark Warner (@Mark Warner)1601157153.0
Trump made a bargain in 2016: support him and he would let right-wing, pro-corporate groups hand-pick their favorit… https://t.co/2kDpG8AOVw— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1601155530.0
It doesn’t matter who the Supreme Court nominee is; it matters who’s behind this pick. And the answer is special in… https://t.co/4q1jEmxDXd— Sheldon Whitehouse (@Sheldon Whitehouse)1601154724.0
Americans need Supreme Court Justices who will protect the rights of all Americans, and deliver equal justice for a… https://t.co/0JKYRo50ch— Senator Tina Smith (@Senator Tina Smith)1601155862.0
It is clear why Republicans have reversed their position from 2016—they want to use the Supreme Court to overturn t… https://t.co/XAinv4P7hs— Senator Dick Durbin (@Senator Dick Durbin)1601158017.0
My statement on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court: https://t.co/9R7tbsJ5FL— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@Sen. Debbie Stabenow)1601157033.0
Pres. Trump's nom. of Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before she's even buried is a raw power grab to reshape the Co… https://t.co/syEgckmQXz— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@Sen. Patrick Leahy)1601155729.0
Regardless of the nominee, I believe there aren’t different sets of rules for Democrats and Republicans, and we mus… https://t.co/m1zi37Hbkd— Senator Jon Tester (@Senator Jon Tester)1601158708.0
My statement on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett: https://t.co/ejK0afp2TC— Senator Joe Manchin (@Senator Joe Manchin)1601156481.0
In NH & across our country, the election is underway, and the millions of Americans voting should decide who will s… https://t.co/jPxrjoutd5— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@Sen. Jeanne Shaheen)1601156254.0
We are in a pandemic and should be working to pass a relief bill. Instead, Republicans want to confirm Barrett to t… https://t.co/t5xzOlApVJ— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@Senator Chris Van Hollen)1601155500.0
I cannot support a Supreme Court nominee who would rip health care away from tens of millions, undermine the rights… https://t.co/MDoKoMwOws— Senator Bob Casey (@Senator Bob Casey)1601155420.0
President Trump has told us repeatedly what he wants in a justice: a jurist who above anything else is committed to… https://t.co/W0DDgUvr9z— Senator Patty Murray (@Senator Patty Murray)1601155834.0
Make no mistake, a vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee who meets President Trump’s tests is a vote to take away… https://t.co/w6DdVaZOZn— Senator Patty Murray (@Senator Patty Murray)1601155834.0
It is already clear the American people see straight through President Trump and the Senate GOP's brazenly hypocrit… https://t.co/43ZKwnrvYs— Senator Patty Murray (@Senator Patty Murray)1601155835.0
I’m going to do all I can to fulfill Justice Ginsburg’s last wish, and I call on people in Washington state and acr… https://t.co/Q5IN7gq86R— Senator Patty Murray (@Senator Patty Murray)1601155836.0
This is nothing less than a cynical power grab in the midst of an election in which they fear that the will of the… https://t.co/SDpfu7c7Ha— Senator Bob Menendez (@Senator Bob Menendez)1601154699.0
The American people deserve—and rightly expect—a voice in this process. They must speak up with their voices and their votes.— Senator Bob Menendez (@Senator Bob Menendez)1601154700.0
With voting already underway in half the states in our presidential election and in the midst of a global pandemic… https://t.co/ip6PMVn5AZ— Senator Chris Coons (@Senator Chris Coons)1601155948.0
We need to be clear-eyed about what’s at stake. President Trump pledged that his nominee will strike down the Affo… https://t.co/2wdslNyqDQ— Senator Chris Coons (@Senator Chris Coons)1601156025.0
She will vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act after being rushed on the Supreme Court in time to hear the ca… https://t.co/WxNUwWmL1w— Senator Mazie Hirono (@Senator Mazie Hirono)1601156101.0
Senate Republicans have gone back on their word about confirming a Supreme Court justice in an election year and di… https://t.co/XofaD8sxzV— Senator Mazie Hirono (@Senator Mazie Hirono)1601156101.0
I oppose her nomination and will fight to deny her a lifetime position on the United States Supreme Court, and in d… https://t.co/cuaAhbwl0Z— Senator Mazie Hirono (@Senator Mazie Hirono)1601156102.0
Judge Barrett’s views would harm real lives—real people—in real ways, from children with pre-existing conditions to… https://t.co/8B3rdfpYaB— Richard Blumenthal (@Richard Blumenthal)1601156159.0
Judge Barrett has criticized past decisions protecting access to health care, shown hostility to reproductive freed… https://t.co/ZbwOM3pgH5— Richard Blumenthal (@Richard Blumenthal)1601156160.0
I will refuse to treat this process as legitimate & will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett.— Richard Blumenthal (@Richard Blumenthal)1601156161.0
Make no mistake: A vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to end the healthcare law in the middle of the COVID… https://t.co/S8W2yeW5dk— Senate Democrats (@Senate Democrats)1601159824.0