President Donald Trump and Republicans urged the Democrats to handle Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination with respect.
Trump made the remarks on Saturday during a speech nominating Barrett as a U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) justice in the Rose Garden.
“I further urge all members of the other side of the aisle to provide Judge Barrett with a respectful and dignified hearing that she deserves,” he said.
“I urge lawmakers and members of the media to refrain from personal or partisan attacks,” he added.
Barrett, 48, a devout Catholic, serves as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, a position the Senate confirmed her to in 2017. She previously worked as a law clerk to late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
She is also a mother of seven and would be the youngest justice on the current court if confirmed.
She will fill the vacancy left by late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on Sept. 18 from cancer complications.
However, the president is confident that the nomination process will be smooth.
“I know you’re gonna have a busy couple of weeks,” he told all Senators who attended the nomination ceremony in the White House. “But I think it’s going to be easier than you might think.”
Barrett was confirmed by the Senate in 2017 with bi-partisan support. Three Democratic Senators joined the whole Republican caucus and voted for her confirmation.
However, Barrett avoided most of the questions about her attitude toward Supreme Court precedent rulings during the 2017 nomination and said she, as a nominee of a circuit court judge, will just follow Supreme Court precedent rulings.
The Republicans applauded Trump’s nomination right after the announcement.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, committed to ensuring the nomination hearing to be “challenging, fair, and respectful.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a top Republican, also urged his Democratic colleagues to move forward the nomination with respect and civility.
“Americans, the nominee, and this committee do not deserve a repeat of the shenanigans on display from the left that we saw in 2018,” he said.
Grassley was referring to the tense process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Barrett’s confirmation would make America’s highest court lean further conservative with a 6-3 majority.
The White House and Republicans want to have a speedy nomination process to confirm Barrett before election day. Meanwhile, Democrats insisted the voting should happen after the Election worrying that several critical issues including abortion, Second Amendment rights, and Obamacare—some of which are already in the Supreme Court or may end up there soon—will be ruled in alignment with conservatives. A few Democrats floated the idea to add more SCOTUS justices to dilute the conservative majority.
Some Democrats declared that they will vote against the nomination right after Trump’s announcement.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted for Barrett in 2017, said he will not vote to confirm her to America’s highest court.
Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) voiced his opinion against Trump’s nominee saying it should be done after the November election.