The Democrats are reeling after the Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
The confirmation comes a week before Election Day and 30 days after President Trump nominated her to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I mourn for our democracy. I mourn for the pain this confirmation causes and will cause so many. But we must channel our outrage at injustice and turn it into action. You have power. We have power. And in 8 days, we have the opportunity to show the world just how powerful we are,” US Senate candidate Cori Bush tweeted following the vote.
Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris took to Twitter to also express her dismay.
“Instead of working to provide COVID-19 relief to struggling Americans, Mitch McConnell and Republicans chose to jam through a Supreme Court nominee—when more than 62 million people have already voted. It’s despicable and they must be held accountable,” she wrote.
According to The New York Times, Judge Barrett’s academic writings and decisions from the appeals court bench leads Democrats to believe that she would pose an immediate threat to the Affordable Care Act, abortion rights, as well as civil rights.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar also had some choice words about the nomination:
“The Senate GOP rammed through an extremist Supreme Court justice in a sham process as a final abuse of power before Election Day,” Omar tweeted. “We can’t let them get away with their corruption and hypocrisy any longer. Let’s mobilize like hell these last 8 days to end their destructive reign.”
The confirmation means that even if Trump is voted out of the White House, his impact will be felt for decades to come.
Is this the end of Democracy as we know it?