Protesters ask senators to stop Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Protesters took to the streets Sunday, describing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat this close to Election Day as stunning hypocrisy — after he blocked Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination in 2016.

“How dare they, first of all ignore their own rule, and second of all, we’re in process in an election,” said Deborah Lennon of Newport. “We won’t have it. This is the last straw.”

Outraged protesters marched from Burnside Park to the offices of Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse, urging them to do everything possible to delay the confirmation of Trump’s pick.

Organizers argue the senators can be leaders on this issue because they represent a solidly blue state.

“Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse are in a prime position to lead this fight, to organize their colleagues, to draw a line in the sand that says, ‘This is not going to happen until we have exhausted every single tactic that we can,'” said organizer Aaron Regunberg.

Those tactics include stopping unanimous consent on every item, blocking every motion, and forcing every bill and continuing resolution to be read in full.

“They need to fight really, really hard on this,” Lennon said. “It’s not about maintaining the decorum of the senate. This is really time to pull out all the stops. We need to turn this around. I don’t want to live in a dictatorship.”

Protesters say American democracy depends on it.

“When they step up, all of us, their constituents, whose rights are at risk, we will be backing them a hundred percent of the way,” said Regunberg.

Senators Reed and Whitehouse responded to the protests with a joint statement, saying in part, “Never before in U.S. history has the Senate confirmed a Supreme Court nominee this late in an election year. We will do all we can to ensure the next justice is justly chosen by the next President and gets a fair hearing in the next Congress.”

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