“If it’s not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it’s not safe for the hearings to go forward,” Chuck Schumer said at a Sunday press conference.
The Senate has already cancelled meetings this week due to several senators, including two on the judiciary committee, revealing they are positive for Covid-19.
The idea of virtual hearings has been suggested, but Democrats have been resistant to the idea when it comes to Coney Barrett, including Schumer.
A virtual hearing is virtually no hearing at all. You need to be with the witness and have direct cross questions, and back and forth with them.
The Senator minority leader promised that if hearings went forward as scheduled on October 12, Democrats will use “every tool in the toolbox to delay and not have the votes occur.”
Since the Senate has already held virtual hearings during the pandemic and various businesses and schools are running virtually because of various state shutdowns, Schumer’s line of logic has been the subject of scrutiny with critics.
“‘A virtual hearing is virtually no hearing at all’ would certainly be news to the Senate Democrats who have participated in *21* virtual judiciary committee hearings throughout the pandemic,” Republican Senatorial Committee senior advisor Matt Whitlock tweeted in response to Schumer.
“Virtual hearings rob Schumer and the left of the protest spectacle of barnstorming into elevators and Code Pink screaming and dragged from the room. That’s all this is about,” writer Stephen Miller added.
The Senate has been holding virtual hearings already. That's not what this is about.
Virtual hearings rob Schumer and the left of the protest spectacle of barnstorming into elevators and Code Pink screaming and dragged from the room. That's all this is about. https://t.co/1HqvJdAACQ
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 4, 2020
In other news, the highest court in the land will resume virtual oral arguments tomorrow for cases that would affect people's lives. https://t.co/Mh5vHBsqXV
— Rob (@2Aupdates) October 4, 2020
Lololol "a virtual hearing is no hearing at all" but tomorrow tens of millions of students will be doing virtual schooling, their parents will be doing virtual working, and the Supreme Court itself will be doing virtual oral arguments just like it did in the spring. https://t.co/Z1zgvBYMd8
— Amy Swearer (@AmySwearer) October 4, 2020
Other Democratic senators also pushed back against the idea of virtual hearings on Sunday, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) who, despite previously praising Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) for putting together a virtual hearing in May, said the Coney Barrett situation is different because “you want to be able to go back and forth with this nominee given her views” on issues like the Affordable Care Act.
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