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Rift Over Barrett Could Dominate Dems

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Senator Chuck Schumer speaks at a protest calling for the Republican Senate to delay the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the U.S. Capitol on October 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Care In Action)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 October 2020 08:18 AM

A split within the Democratic Party over on how to deal with Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court could go on for the next two years.

Politico noted the rift could dominate Democrats in Congress should the party win the White House and Senate next week.

The split was obvious after Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Monday by a 52-48 Senate vote.

“You will have forfeited the right to tell us how to run” the majority, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said on the Senate floor as he looked to the Republican side of the chamber. “The American people will never forget this blatant act of bad faith.”

And he added: “The Republican majority is lighting its credibility on fire.”

Fox News noted that nominees had once needed 60 votes to be confirmed, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., changed the standard in 2017 to allow for a simple majority.

Politico pointed out Schumer is up for reelection in 2022. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is considered to be one of his top potential primary challengers.

She tweeted: “Expand the court.”

In another tweet, she said: “Republicans do this because they don’t believe Dems have the stones to play hardball like they do. And for a long time they’ve been correct. But do not let them bully the public into thinking their bulldozing is normal but a response isn’t. There is a legal process for expansion.”

Her message could resonate with Democrats looking for a strong payback rather than a discussion of Senate procedures, Politico said.

She was joined by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who tweeted: “By expanding the court we fix this broken system and have the court better represent the values of the American people.”

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