Donald Trump said on Sunday that he was convinced that the Republican-dominated US Senate would vote before the election to confirm the nomination of its candidate, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, to the US Supreme Court.
If it did, it would anchor the country's highest court in conservatism, possibly for decades, which could have a huge impact on the hottest American social issues (guns, abortion, health insurance, etc. )
Just over a month before the election, the Democratic opposition is staunchly opposed to such a vote in the Senate, which would run counter to the last wishes of progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death on September 18 led to the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett.
The candidate Joe Biden hammered on Saturday: “The Senate should not vote (on the confirmation of the judge, Editor's note) before the American people do it”, in the presidential election of November 3.
But, in a Fox News interview on Sunday, President Trump said “think it will be done easily before the election.” “I think it would be good to do it and move on,” he added.
“Elections have consequences. And we won the election (of 2016, editor's note). We have the Senate, we have the Presidency, ”he added.
Barring a huge surprise, the Republican senators, who have 53 votes out of 100 in the upper house of Congress, should confirm the choice of Donald Trump to the Supreme Court if the vote was held.
The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has already announced that a vote will be held “this year”. Justice Barrett's Senate hearings are scheduled to begin Oct. 12.