Protesters gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home on Saturday to demand he stop pushing forward with a new SCOTUS pick following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
McConnell vowed on Friday night, hours after the death of Ginsburg, also known as RBG, to call a vote for whomever President Donald Trump nominated as her replacement. RBG died at the age of 87 Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The next day, a few dozen protesters arrived at his home to demonstrate against a SCOTUS pick before the November 3 presidential election.
Some demonstrators were seen holding placards that read, ‘Ruth sent us’ and ‘Ditch Mitch!’
Images from the protest showed officers arriving to the scene to disperse the protesters who were seen crowding around a patrol car.
Following the incident, a fundraiser to defeat McConnell called ‘Get Mitch or Die Trying’ was set up. As of Sunday morning, it has raised more than $17million.
The fundraiser is being led by ActBlue, a non-profit that funds progressive groups. The money will be split among candidates in races in key swing states, including Colorado, Maine, Iowa, Alabama, Michigan, Texas and Kansas.
Fulfilling the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Ginsburg’s death before the fall election is as much about McConnell’s goal of securing a conservative majority on the court for decades to come as it is about confirming Trump’s upcoming nominee.
There’s no guarantee the Kentucky Republican will succeed, but he is about to move ahead with a jarring and politically risky strategy to try to bend his majority in the Senate. If it works, he will have ushered three justices to the court in four years, a historic feat.
‘Sen McConnell already has played a huge role in shaping the Supreme Court for decades to come,’ said Edwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Berkley School of Law. ‘A third confirmation, especially under these circumstances, would truly make this the McConnell Court for a long time to come.’
The path for how, exactly, McConnell will make this happen is being set swiftly in Washington. Many expect Trump to name his nominee in a matter of days and the Senate to start the confirmation process – condensing a typically monthslong endeavor into a matter of weeks.
During a campaign rally in North Carolina Saturday night, Trump declared: ‘I will be putting forth a nominee this week, it will be a woman.’
Trump claimed that his pick would be a ‘very talented, very brilliant woman’ because ‘I like women more than I like men’.
As he left the White House for the rally, the president identified two women as front runners: Amy Coney Barrett, 48, of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa, 52, of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees.
Barrett is a devout Catholic and mother of seven from Indiana, who has adopted two kids from Haiti and has a biological child with special needs.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Valerie Edwards; The Associated Press