WASHINGTON, D.C., September 26, 2020 – Senate Republicans repeatedly stated that, in an election year, the American people should decide who selects a Supreme Court Justice—ramming through Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement during the election process is yet another power grab to advance their extreme agenda.
Trump and Senate Republicans have been consistently clear they expect the Supreme Court – and nominee Amy Coney Barrett herself – to ensure their victories in a potentially-disputed election. Trump has gone as far as claiming the Court would invalidate ballots his own campaign intends to contest— implying his nominee must be committed to undermining a core tenet of democracy, that every vote counts, in addition to taking away healthcare from millions and overturning Roe v. Wade.
Trump has made it clear he’ll only nominate judges who will overturn the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade. Amy Coney Barrett is already on the record opposing both.
Alliance for Justice Action Campaign President Nan Aron released the following statement:
“The president is clearly trying to use the Supreme Court to orchestrate his reelection, even if it means overruling the will of the people.
For months, he sowed doubts about voter protection measures and absentee ballots, the very kind of ballots that he uses to vote. Now he named a Supreme Court nominee with the brazen expectation that she will be seated and rule in his favor when he challenges the election results.
Republicans are counting on the courts to do the dirty work of advancing an agenda they know voters would never support, from rigging the election to stripping away health care, voting rights, reproductive rights, protections for workers, LGBTQ people, and more.
Most striking, just days after the election, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act and be primed to fulfill the president’s wish of taking away healthcare from millions, including eradicating protections for those with preexisting conditions—all during a worldwide pandemic which has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and left millions more to cope with chronic lifelong health conditions.
We cannot allow this president to steal the election, our courts, and our healthcare.”