WASHINGTON — Demonstrators both supporting the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for Justice Associate of US Supreme Court and protesters standing against the nomination faced off outside the US Supreme court on Tuesday. Rallies for and against the nomination started early on Monday when the hearings began. The demonstrations are expected to continue throughout the week.
Coney Barrett supporters chanted: “Fill that seat,” while counter-protesters chanted: “No confirmation until the inauguration,” over each other for the entirety of the demonstrations. “This attempt to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court is just a blatant last-ditch attempt for President Trump to steal another four years. He knows what’s about to happen, that he is about to be voted out of the office and declared the worst President in American history,” stated Center for Popular Democracy Action activist Jennifer Flynn-Walker. Trump’s move to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the country’s election, scheduled for November 3rd, has led to criticism from the Democrats.
Trump’s rival party argues that President Barack Obama was prevented from doing the same with even more time to spare when in March 2016 Obama nominated Merrick Garland to succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died one month earlier. “It’s important to fill the seat so that it’s not vacant when the election is going on. As soon as possible. Judges started their work beginning of October, we need to have all nine judges,” said Amy Coney Barrett supporter Larry Carignano. The formal hearing on Coney Barrett’s nomination began on Monday and will last through Thursday. Currently, the US Supreme Court already holds a 5-3 conservative majority.