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Schumer: Trump's Supreme Court pick will 'tear down' Ginsburg legacy

Schumer: Trump's Supreme Court pick will 'tear down' Ginsburg legacy
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump to lift Sudan terror sponsor designation Ocasio-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 MORE (D-N.Y.) ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE's decision to nominate circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, arguing that, if confirmed, she will help "tear down" gains made by the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Overnight Defense: Supreme Court to hear case on diversion of Pentagon funds to border wall | Biden campaign cutting retired general from ad after objection | Trump's arms control talks with Russia hit wall MORE

"Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish was that she not be replaced until a new president is installed. Republicans are poised to not only ignore her wishes, but to replace her with someone who could tear down everything that she built. This reprehensible power grab is a cynical attack on the legitimacy of the Court," Schumer said in a statement.

"I will strongly oppose this nomination," he added. 

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Trump formally nominated Barrett during a White House event late Saturday afternoon, teeing off an explosive Supreme Court fight that will dominate the final weeks of the election. 

Democrats are powerless to stop the GOP-controlled Senate from confirming Barrett on their own, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (R-Ky.) has the support within his caucus to bring her nomination up for a vote despite the looming election. 

Schumer, during a press conference in New York on Saturday night, predicted that Barrett would become more unpopular with Americans as they learn about her, which he hoped would apply pressure on Republicans to break rank. 

"Justice Ginsburg must be turning over in her grave up in heaven to see that the person that they chose seems to be intent on undoing all the things that Ginsburg did," he added.

Democrats are expected to hammer Barrett over her positions on healthcare and if she would stick with Supreme Court precedent. If Barrett is confirmed before the election, she will be sworn in to the court seat in time to take part in a case expected to be heard days after the election that could determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act. 

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Schumer, in his statement, argued that voting for Barrett was a vote to strike down the Obama-era healthcare law predicting that Barrett would be "the deciding vote." 

"The American people should make no mistake—a vote by any Senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has once again put Americans’ healthcare in the crosshairs," he said.  

--Updated at 7:40 p.m.