Schumer Shows His Cards, Rips Into Potential SCOTUS Nominee He Fears Most

Reuters, Yuri Gripas

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer may have revealed his own greatest fear as President Donald Trump moves to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the New York Senator listed a series of grave concerns about potential nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett — beginning by claiming she’d passed Trump’s “litmus test” regarding overturning “Roe v. Wade” (in spite of the fact that Trump himself told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that he did not even intend to ask potential nominees about that particular case).

Schumer bemoaned Barrett’s opinions on health care after Barrett questioned Chief Justice Roberts for rewriting the penalty as a tax in order to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

He also claimed that she was against access to contraceptives, citing her opposition to religious employers being forced to provide contraceptives with which they disagreed on moral grounds.

Schumer also argued that her openness to the “reargument” of  “Roe v. Wade” — which he called “settled law” — was cause for additional concern.

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Schumer has clearly drawn a line in the sand, but President Trump may have drawn one of his own. He has said on numerous occasions that he plans to put a “conservative” justice on the court, one not unlike his first pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch. And early reports indicate that Barrett, along with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, are near the top of the list.