Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, on Friday said he would not support any candidate to the U.S. Supreme Court before the result of the Nov. 3 election is figured out.
Speaking during a livestreamed rundown, Jones said that while Republicans appear to have adequate votes to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he will not be a party to rejecting individuals a voice at the same time in the election of the next president “in just under 44 days.”
President Donald Trump stated Saturday that he plans to choose Amy Coney Barrett to change Ginsburg, who on Friday ended up being the very first female, and first Jewish individual, to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
Several Republicans who voiced opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court more than 10 months prior to the 2016 election have reversed course, and now say they support Trump choosing a selection with election day simply a little more than a month away.
“Definitely, power grabs are not unusual in our political system, however few are accompanied by such blatant hypocrisy as we are seeing now,” Jones said. “In fact, I believe that the level and strength of hypocrisy being displayed by Senator McConnell and the president, with regard to the rush to validate Justice Ginsburg’s successor, is unrivaled in the history of our constitutional federal government.”
Jones stated what McConnell and other Republican politicians should be focusing on instead is getting another round of much-needed COVID-19 aid to small businesses and people impacted by the pandemic.
“Instead of pushing this verification to the top of the Senate calendar, the majority leader ought to turn his focus rather to safeguarding the lives and incomes of the American people. We should pass a new bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus plan to give Americans and companies the relief that they frantically require, and that economists state if required to support the economy now,” Jones stated.
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Jones expressed concern as well for what medical specialists are warning could be a brand-new spike in COVID-19 across the country.
“There might be an even greater urgency, if our health care professionals’ warnings occur,” Jones said. “And that is as temperature drops and people go inside your home that this virus spikes, and we see another surge.”
Asked why his challenger, Tommy Tuberville, will not discuss Jones, he stated, “It’s pretty simple. He does not understand what he’s talking about.”
“He has no hint. He is Coach Clueless,” Jones said.
Jones kept in mind that when asked recently on his thoughts on extending the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020, Tuberville stumbled through an answer that indicated he wasn’t sure what the Voting Rights Act was.
“He had no earthly concept,” Jones said.
Jones said Tuberville isn’t going to discuss him since Tuberville does not wish to talk about problems.
“He doesn’t wish to talk about a plan. His plan is just this: Whatever Donald Trump states, I’m excellent,” Jones stated, “and if Donald Trump states or does something that is bad, it’s crickets coming from Coach Tuberville.”
Jones kept in mind that after numerous news outlets, including Fox News, validated reporting that Trump had said disparaging aspects of veterans who died in combat, Tuberville has not spoken up versus Trump’s remarks.
Jennifer Griffin, senior national security correspondent for Fox News, reported that she has actually talked to senior U.S. authorities who supported reporting by The Atlantic, and stated Trump said of the Vietnam War “anybody who went was a sucker.”
“He has not said a thing about what was validated by Fox News about the president’s comment,” Jones stated of Tuberville. “That’s just disgraceful.”