Thousands protest Trump’s election to the Supreme Court at the Washington Women’s March

5/5 © Reuters. People participate in a nationwide protest against the decision of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to occupy the seat on the Supreme Court, in Washington 2/5

By Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of people flocked to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Saturday to commemorate the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and protest President Donald Trump’s rush to impose Amy Coney Barrett as his replacement.

The United States Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled an Oct. 22 vote on the nomination of Barrett, a conservative appeals judge, despite objections from Democrats that the confirmation process is too close to the election. presidential elections on November 3.

More than 26 million Americans have already voted for who they want to sit in the White House for the next four years, Trump or his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Protesters at the Women’s March said they were angry that Republicans appear ready to confirm Barrett’s nomination so close to Election Day after refusing to advance Merrick Garland, the pick of former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, more than six months before the 2016 elections.

“The fact is that we are powerful and they are afraid,” said Sonja Spoo, director of reproductive rights campaigns for UltraViolet, a feminist advocacy group, one of the speakers at the protest. “They are on the ropes and they know it and we are about to deliver the coup de grace.”

Ginsburg, a liberal advocate for women’s rights, died on September 18.

Prudence Sullivan, 49, of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, near Chicago, and her sister Kelli Padgett, 47, of Jacksonville, Florida, flew in to join what they described as an energizing and empowering event.

“We have had losses from COVID and we have faced family members over racism, Black Lives Matter,” Sullivan said. “So this is something I can put my money on where my mouth is.”

Sullivan said she and her husband, an IT expert, were looking for options to move abroad if Trump was re-elected.

The protesters marched through central Washington to the steps of the Supreme Court. Hundreds of marches and demonstrations were planned in city halls, parks and monuments across the country.

At this week’s confirmation hearings, Barrett departed from -evasion- idINKBN2702L3 questions about presidential powers, abortion, climate change, voting rights and Obamacare, saying he could not answer because cases related to these issues could be brought to court.

If Barrett takes a seat on the Supreme Court, the Conservatives would have a 6-3 majority.

(Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal)

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