A day after nominating judge Amy Coney Barret to the Supreme Court, US President Donald Trump, on Sunday, said the Senate will “easily” confirm his pick, despite furious Democratic opposition to his bid to steer the court rightward for years to come.
Barret, a favourite of conservatives for her religious views, has been picked by the US President to replace the late liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died from a prolonged battle with cancer on September 18, in a lifetime seat on the top court.
Trump’s decision comes weeks ahead of November 3 US elections, in which the polls show that his rival Democrat Joe Biden is way ahead of him. The Democrats have called for the senate not to vote until the elections are over.
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“The Senate should not act on this vacancy until after the American people select their next president and the next Congress,” Biden said on Saturday, just moments after Trump announced Barrett’s nomination.
On Sunday, Trump expressed confidence, saying, “I think we’re going to have it done easily before the election.” In an interview with ‘Fox & Friends’, the US President said, “I think it would be nice to do. Get it out of the way,” adding, “We have plenty of time.”
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Barring a huge surprise, Republican senators, who have 53 out of 100 votes in the upper house of Congress, are expected to confirm Barrett, who can potentially impact some of the most partisan issues in America, from abortion to gun rights to health care..
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has already announced that a vote will be held “this year.”