In a move that might surprise a lot of people, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defending Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
During an interview on CNN with host Jake Tapper, the California Democrat said she is not interested in seeing Democrats attack the faith of Barrett, who is a fellow Catholic, as she makes her way through the Supreme Court confirmation process.
Pelosi said Barrett’s religion should not matter to senators who are considering her for the high court.
Instead, she said the nominee’s views on the Constitution should be called into question.
“I think it’s appropriate for people to ask her about how faithful she would be to the Constitution of the United States, whatever her faith. It doesn’t matter what her faith is or what religion she believes in. What matters is, does she believe in the Constitution of the United States?” Pelosi said.
“Does she believe in the precedent on the Supreme Court that has upheld the Affordable Care Act? This is, again, directly related to a major concern of the American people, as it was in 2018. Healthcare, healthcare, healthcare. The three most important issues in this election,” Pelosi said.
Later in the interview, Tapper actually called Pelosi out on being a total hypocrite.
Pelosi claimed its impossible to argue that Barrett is “owed” a confirmation vote to the Supreme Court, just as Merrick Garland was owed back in 2016.
“This is unfortunate that the president would be so disrespectful and rush into this. But, nonetheless, it’s what it is,” the Speaker said.
But then Tapper called her on the fact that she said former President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, was due a vote but now does not want Judge Barrett to have one.
“In 2016 you said that Republicans were showing ‘a disrespect for the Constitution,’” he said. “You said that Judge Garland was, ‘owed a vote‘ in the Senate. If judge Garland was owed a vote, then isn’t Judge Barrett owed one as well?”
“When did Justice Scalia pass away?” she said as Tapper answered “February,”
“This is now September, so the time frame is quite different that this court would go that long a time without a justice,” she said.
“I don’t see any equivalence in what you are presenting,” she said.
But the comparison of what month it was is ridiculous.
Does anyone believe that had the situation been the same and President Obama had the votes in the Senate that they would not have done the same?
As Tapper said, Pelosi was not singing the same tune in 2016 when it came to Judge Garland.
“The Republican Congress is about to leave for an almost two-week recess. Republicans are leaving Washington without having completed any of the urgent business before Congress. On issue after issue, the American people are telling Congress: ‘Do Your Job’. But the Republicans refuse. Republicans recklessly block action on public health crises facing our nation. They have recklessly chosen to obstruct the robust action needed to protect families from Zika, the new resources needed to confront the opioid addiction, the help needed for the lead-poisoned children of Flint, also the fair hearing and prompt vote owed to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee,” Pelosi said at the time.
“The Republicans block action to support good-paying jobs to grow American’s paychecks and to build an economy that works for everyone. The American people are fed up with Republicans’ relentless and reckless obstruction. We have work to do. Cancel the recess. Stay here. Do your job,” she said.