Why do Democrats think that because Trump has tested positive for COVID, Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process should stop?
Well, obviously they don’t want her on the court.
And they have no power to stop Republicans from confirming her.
Mitch McConnell says that the process will move “full speed ahead.”
As it should!
Check out the story from Fox News:
The Supreme Court confirmation for Amy Coney Barrett is moving forward as planned despite revelations of the coronavirus at the White House with President Trump testing positive, top Republicans said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Friday morning that he’d just spoken over the phone with Trump. “He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has made no changes to the timeline for Barrett’s confirmation hearing, set to take place on Oct. 12.
“Supreme Court hearings continue on. Full speed ahead,” Graham’s spokesman Kevin Bishop told Fox News.
Graham also spoke to Trump Friday morning who is quarantining at the White House and tweeted that the commander-in-chief is “in good spirits” and “very engaged in the upcoming hearing regarding Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Barrett.”
USA Today has more details on Democrats' call to end the confirmation process:
Senate Democrats say it's "premature" to move forward with confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett after a member of the committee that will hold the proceedings tested positive for COVID-19.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, tested positive for COVID-19 two days after he met in person with Barrett on Tuesday, sparking worries from Democrats about the safety of the hearings. Senate Republican leaders say they want to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Barrett, which are slated to begin Oct. 12. Lee is a member of the 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold the hearings.
In the past 24 hours, both President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and White House adviser Hope Hicks also tested positive for COVID-19.
“It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease," said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
The President's diagnosis has no effect on the Senate's ability to hold hearings!
He puts forward the nomination and then the Senate votes on it.
He's done his job.
And by the way, he doesn't just stop being the President because a COVID test came back positive!
McConell also says we should move forward with the next presidential debate.
More on that from The Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Friday that he believes the second debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, should go forward, potentially remotely.
“It should go forward. Hopefully the president feels up to it, and you know they can work this out remotely," McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt.
"We're doing an awful lot of things remotely these days because of the coronavirus. Hopefully they'll be able to do this as well," he added.
McConnell also said that Democrats have evaporated any sense of bipartisanship with regard to COVID relief: