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Schumer interrupted during live briefing by heckler: 'Stop lying to the people'

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts The 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are about the same thing: constitutionalist judges Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking MORE (D-N.Y.) was interrupted during a Tuesday press briefing on the Supreme Court vacancy by a heckler who shouted, “Stop lying to the people.”

Schumer addressed a crowd outside the Capitol, condemning the Republicans' decision to move forward with confirming a Supreme Court justice 42 days ahead of the election.

At the time of the interruption, Schumer was criticizing Republicans for their COVID-19 response and discussing the Science Transparency Over Politics Act, which would create a task force “to report to the public when politics are behind COVID response decisions.” 

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“We Democrats are fighting as hard as we can to protect Americans,” Schumer said. “And we need Americans — ”

“You ain’t doing shit,” the heckler said. “Stop lying to the people. Stop lying to the people.”

Another person shouted, “Jesus saves. Jesus saves. Jesus loves you guys,” to which Schumer responded, “Thank you” before continuing.

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The interruption to Schumer’s press conference comes as several lawmakers are holding briefings outdoors due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Tensions are ramping up in the Senate as Republicans push forward with plans to confirm President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE’s currently unknown Supreme Court nominee after Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden owes us an answer on court-packing MORE’s death on Friday left a vacancy in the court. Trump said he plans to announce his pick at the White House on Saturday.

“The American people don’t want Republicans to move forward with a confirmation,” Schumer said during the outside briefing. “They know this is wrong.”

Schumer also spoke on the Senate floor about the court debate earlier Tuesday, saying, “Because the Senate Republicans have no respect for the institution, we won’t have business as usual here in the Senate.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline for coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Ky.) appears to have enough support to move forward with a confirmation vote but has not said whether he will force one before the election. Trump has said he expects to nominate a woman and to announce his nominee Saturday.

Democrats have accused Republicans of hypocrisy after the caucus blocked Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden keeps both sides guessing on court packing Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE's confirmation hearing in 2016, nine months before the election.

Schumer said on Saturday that “nothing is off the table for next year” if Republicans take steps to fill Ginsburg’s seat before the election.