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The Democrats are already getting desperate to prevent President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate from appointing a new Supreme Court Justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Only hours after her passing was announced on Saturday, Democrats took to social media and the airwaves to caution the president against even thinking about pushing through confirmation before election day. Now, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has weighed in on the matter, and she issued a rather interesting threat to the president and his attorney general.
On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters that House Democrats might impeach Trump and Attorney General William Barr to stall the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice. She said:
“I believe that certainly, there has been an enormous amount of lawbreaking in the Trump administration. I believe that Attorney General Barr is unfit for office and that he has pursued potentially lawbreaking behavior.”
She continued, “That being said, these are procedures and decisions that are largely up to House Democratic leadership. But I believe that also we must consider, again, all of the tools available to our disposal and that all of these options should be entertained and on the table.”
Well, isn’t that adorable?
The lawmaker’s comments are in line with remarks that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made on Sunday, intimating that House Democrats could again pursue impeachment to stop the nomination process. “We’ve taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, that requires us to use every arrow in our quiver,” she said.
Nevertheless, it appears that Trump and Republicans are undaunted by the threats. The president already stated that he would be announcing his pick on Friday. On Sunday, he indicated that he would be nominating a woman to replace Ginsburg. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also affirmed that the Senate would be holding a vote on the nominee in this current session.
Impeachment is not the only threat the Democrats have used to dissuade Republicans from seeking to appoint another justice. They also indicated that if Trump continues with the nomination process, they will pack the Supreme Court with more justices in 2021.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, threatening to launch another politically-motivated impeachment fiasco is an empty threat devoid of meaning. It’s not empty because the Democrats won’t actually follow through with the threat; it’s empty because everyone knows they’re going to try to impeach Trump again anyway. If he wins re-election, the Democrats aren’t going to stop trying to remove him from office.
The same holds true with their threat to pack the courts. They already implied that they would pursue this course of action previously. The Democrats threatening to impeach President Trump and pack the courts over the nomination process would be like CNN’s Jim Acosta threatening to draw attention to himself during press conferences unless his demands are met.
But to be fair, what other recourse do the Democrats have? As President Barack Obama said: “Elections have consequences.” At this moment, the left is facing the consequences of losing the 2016 election. But far be it from them to engage in some introspection and take a look at why they lost, right?