Trump praises Barrett’s performance on day one of questioning
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwo ethics groups call on House to begin impeachment inquiry against Barr Trump relishes return to large rallies following COVID-19 diagnosis McGrath: McConnell ‘can’t get it done’ on COVID-19 relief MORE on Tuesday praised Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for her performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee and lashed out at Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate kicks off fight over Trump’s Supreme Court pick Trump pick noncommittal on recusing from election-related cases Debate is Harris’s turn at bat, but will she score? MORE (D-N.J.) in particular for pressing the judge on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“I think Amy is doing incredibly well. It’s been a great day,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
The president did not take questions as he departed, but it was apparent he spent a portion of his day watching Barrett’s confirmation hearing. Tuesday marked the second day of the hearing but the first time Barrett took questions from senators.
Trump tweeted shortly before he left about Booker’s line of questioning, which focused on the fate of the ACA.
“How dare failed Presidential Candidate (1% and falling!) @CoryBooker make false charges and statements about me in addressing Judge Barrett,” Trump tweeted of Booker, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary months ago.
“Guy is a total loser! I want better Healthcare for far less money, always protecting people with Pre-existing conditions. He has done nothing on Healthcare, cost or otherwise, or virtually anything else. An empty suit!!!” the president added.
….protecting people with Pre-existing conditions. He has done nothing on Healthcare, cost or otherwise, or virtually anything else. An empty suit!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2020
Trump has not presented any health care plan to replace ObamaCare, but his administration is suing to dismantle it. The Supreme Court is slated to hear a case on the health care law next month, something that has been a clear focus for Democrats as they question Barrett.
During his time questioning the judge, Booker pointed to Trump’s tweet while he was campaigning for president that he would appoint only judges who would overturn the Affordable Care Act.
“Is it unreasonable for people to fear… that the ACA would be overturned if you were confirmed to the court?” Booker asked.
“I want to stress to you, Sen. Booker, as I’ve stressed to some of your colleagues today, that I am my own person. I’m independent under Article III, and I don’t take orders from the executive branch or the legislative branch,” Barrett responded.
Booker also asked Barrett whether presidents should commit to a peaceful transfer of power, a clear nod to Trump’s refusal to do so in recent weeks should he lose the election next month. Barrett sought to avoid the question, noting that she felt she may be stepping into a political matter, but said a peaceful transfer of power has been a hallmark of the U.S. governing system.
Republicans are aiming to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court by the end of the month, providing a win for vulnerable senators and the president in the lead-up to the Nov. 3 election.