The Twitter account belonging to the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee jokingly wished a happy birthday to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Oct. 26, while celebrating the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
“Amy Coney Barrett, confirmed. Happy Birthday, @HillaryClinton!” the House Judiciary GOP account stated on Twitter.
Clinton, who turned 73 on Monday, commented on Barrett’s confirmation shortly after the barb by the Judiciary GOP.
“Senate Republicans just pushed through a Supreme Court justice who will help them take away Americans’ health care in the middle of a pandemic. For them, this is victory. Vote them out,” Clinton wrote.
“It is an insult to the American people that the GOP is ramming through a Supreme Court justice with just eight days until the end of an election in which nearly 60 million people have already voted,” Clinton tweeted earlier in the day.
The former Democratic presidential nominee was referring to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the constitutionality of which is in question before the Supreme Court. Democrats focused the main thrust of their opposition to Barrett based on their belief that she would rule to undo the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.
Shortly after Barrett’s confirmation, Democrats warned Republicans that they may regret rushing through the confirmation before the election. Some openly called for adding seats to the the Supreme Court in case Democrats take control of the Senate in 2020 or later.
A little over an hour after the vote, Barrett was sworn in during a ceremony at the White House as the 115th associate justice on the Supreme Court and the fifth woman to serve on the bench.
The full Senate, who worked through a rare weekend session, voted 52-48 largely along party lines to confirm Barrett onto the court. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was the sole Republican to join all Democrats in voting against the nominee after Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) indicated over the weekend she would vote “yes” to confirm.
Barrett was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas, who administered the constitutional oath. The ceremony, which was held in the South Lawn with social distancing measures, was hosted by President Donald Trump.
“This is a momentous day for America, for the United States Constitution, and for the fair and impartial rule of law,” Trump said. “Over the past few weeks, the entire world has seen Justice Barrett’s deep knowledge, tremendous poise, and towering intellect.”
Janita Kan contributed to this report.