Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who masterminded the boycott plan, was left to hold a planned press conference, announcing the boycott, at 10 am — an hour after Republicans had finished voting.
“Democrats will not lend a single ounce of legitimacy to this sham vote in the judiciary,” Schumer said at his hastily pulled together presser on the Capitol steps.
“The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is the most illegitimate process I have ever witnessed in the Senate, and her potential confirmation will have dire, dire consequences for the Senate for the Supreme Court and our entire country for generations to come,” Schumer, who has been working to roadblock Barrett’s nomination for the last week, added. “The Senate Republican majority is conducting the most rushed, the most partisan, and the least legitimate nomination to the Supreme Court in our nation’s history.”
“This hearing was anything but fair,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) added. “Republicans broke committee rules, but in many ways even worse than that, they broke their word.”
He failed to note that Republicans temporarily altered committee rules in order to overcome a Democrat boycott.
Protesters, who had gathered outside the Senate to encourage Democrats to block Barrett’s confirmation, took aim at Schumer and others while they spoke, according to Fox News, with groups of women, some in Handmaid’s Tale costumes, screaming “You’re letting it happen” and “You’re letting Trump lead his coup” at the ten Senators who attended the event.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will now file for cloture on a vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, triggering a 30-hour debate period, after which the full Senate will vote on Barrett’s nomination. The final vote is expected late on Monday and it looks likely that Barrett will be confirmed.