The result of Justice Amy Coney Barret’s confirmation has led to further division in the political arena, and now lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are involving themselves in conversations that could have lasting results in the upcoming general election.
The conversation surrounding Justice Amy Coney Barret’s nomination and subsequent confirmation has been regarding whether or not it’s legitimate, seeing that Democratic lawmakers have argued that, with the upcoming November election close by, Americans should elect the next president and have said president make the appointment after the general election.
Taking to Twitter to share his thoughts on the confirmation, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) commented that “last night 50 legitimately elected U.S. Senators cast 52 legitimate votes to confirm a legitimately elected President’s highly qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
In response, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D), who’s rumored to be eyeing Senator Rubio’s seat when Rubio is up for reelection, argued that Rubio “legitimately lied,” explaining that “4 years ago you legitimately said you would not support moving forward with a Supreme Court nominee in the last year of a president’s term, even if the president was Republican.”
You legitimately lied. https://t.co/RdV6KOYoVe
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) October 27, 2020
This follows in line with a number of Florida Democrats that have launched political jabs at the Florida lawmaker, calling him a hypocrite for showing support for Justice Barrett.
Rubio’s comments are in reference to an interview on march 17th, 2016 when Senator Rubio noted that whether the president was Republican or Democrat, he did not believe that the Senate “should be moving on a nominee” if it was the President’s last year in his or her term.
The confirmation of Justice Barrett has sent shockwaves across Democrats in the United States, and many have vocally expressed the threat they feel Justice Barrrett’s poses on the future of Americans’ lives.