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The second day of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett‘s confirmation hearings is well underway. President Donald Trump might just get another Supreme Court justice, given that enough Republican senators appear to favor her, and people are furious. Protesters outside several Senate buildings on Monday, the first day of hearings, tell you as much.
“No confirmation until inauguration,” shouted protesters outside the Hart Senate Office Building. Anti-Barrett protesters were joined by a few of the judge’s supporters, who shouted “hey hey, ho ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go!”
At least 21 people were handcuffed and arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police, according to the Post.
Unlike the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, protesters are not allowed to go inside the Senate buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Direct action can impact how these hearings go. After two protesters confronted him on live television, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) delayed the final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh to give the FBI time to investigate sexual assault allegations against the judge. Ultimately, Flake voted in favor of Kavanaugh.
Like the other Trump judges, the legal challenges that might come with the appointment of Barrett are wildly unpopular. Polling shows that a majority of people support Roe v. Wade, same-sex marriage, and the Affordable Care Act.
It’s unclear if D.C. officials are preparing for the possibility of a Supreme Court with three Trump judges. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear yet another case questioning the legality of the Affordable Care Act a week after the November election. When asked about what the Council would do if the Supreme Court struck down the ACA, Chairman Phil Mendelson said “at this point there has not been any substantive planning yet.” The protections afforded under the ACA—including expanding Medicaid eligibility—are critical, particularly during a public health emergency that’s created a recession.
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