Even when pretending to exhibit soberness over the illness, Republicans fall quick. This is Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor Monday: “The usual cliche would say these previous few days have offered a stark reminder of the hazard of this horrible virus. However the reality is that our nation didn’t want any such reminder. […] Greater than 209,000 of our fellow residents have misplaced their lives. Thousands and thousands have battled sickness or had their lives disrupted by optimistic exams. . . . All of us want to stay vigilant. All of us want to stay cautious.” He says that, however he is the man insisting that—whereas six of his personal senators have been in quarantine due to an infection or publicity—that the Supreme Court docket vote on Amy Coney Barrett should occur within the subsequent three weeks. That is the message Republicans hear—they’re voting it doesn’t matter what, and irrespective of who they are going to be endangering within the course of.
That is why the odious Arkansan Tom Cotton told Fox News “there’s a lengthy and venerable custom of unwell or medically infirm senators being wheeled in to forged important votes on the Senate ground […] I am assured each senator might be in attendance when his or her vote is required.” The instance he gave was the late Sen. Robert Byrd who forged a vote for the Reasonably priced Care Act from his wheelchair at age 92. Being 92 is not contagious—he was endangering nobody however himself. However you possibly can’t be a full-fledged member of the Loss of life Cult in case you acknowledge inconvenient truths like that.
It isn’t simply Cotton. Johnson said he’d present up it doesn’t matter what, saying that he’d put on a “moon go well with” if essential to forged a vote. As a result of McConnell is pushing that onerous. “We expect that is fairly essential. I feel individuals might be pretty assured that Mitch McConnell is devoted to holding this vote,” Johnson stated. There have been reports that Senate Republican management is contemplating having COVID-stricken members forged their “aye” votes from the Senate gallery, to make sure that McConnell has his 51 votes to seat Barrett. (Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowksi have been given permission to vote in opposition to her, since McConnell secured his 51 with out them—when he had a wholesome 51, that’s.)
McConnell does not care who could possibly be killed. It is solely potential that he has issued a directive to not be examined or to launch the results of a take a look at till this vote is taken. That is one thing that is in the back of Democrats’ minds as they struggle to determine their technique for the approaching hearings and votes. McConnell and his fellow Republicans can have completely no qualms about endangering their colleagues.
That is all to place a Trump justice on the Supreme Court docket. A justice who will rule to toss everything of the Reasonably priced Care Act, the factor McConnell promised he would do 10 years in the past as a result of he hates Barack Obama that a lot. That nullifies each phrase of empathy McConnell mouths concerning the victims of coronavirus. As a result of he is hellbent to take well being care away from the survivors.