Pelosi vows to ‘avenge President Obama’ in Supreme Court fight
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent out a dramatic, no-holds-barred fundraising email on Monday saying she is “determined to avenge President Obama if it’s the last thing I do” by preemptively opposing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Pelosi, 78, is one of several top Democrats — including Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.– who already have announced that they oppose Trump’s pick without knowing whom the president has selected. Schumer has said the Senate should not consider any Supreme Court nominees during an election year.
Meanwhile, Fox News has learned that several red-state Democrats, including three who voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch last year, will not be attending tonight’s primetime rollout of the Supreme Court nominee in the White House.
In the fundraising email, Pelosi opened by acknowledging that she has been making persistent appeals to potential donors lately: “I emailed on Saturday. I emailed on Sunday. Now I’m emailing you again today.”
She then outlines her plan to get back at Senate Republicans for their refusal to vote on Obama’s 2016 Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. That vacant seat ultimately went to now-Justice Gorsuch after Trump’s election. Pelosi, though, has no actual vote in the confirmation process, and seemingly uses the email to raise money for House Democratic candidates.
“I just learned that SECONDS after Trump’s announcement… Republicans will launch an unprecedented $1.4 MILLION ad blitz to support his nominee,” Pelosi wrote. “I’m worried this will eviscerate our chance to make Republicans pay for the Supreme Court seat they STOLE from President Obama.”
The email, with the subject line “Trump nominee BACKFIRES,” was sent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and signed by Pelosi.
It goes on to promise that Pelosi will “personally triple-match” any gifts to her so-called “Supreme Court fund” prior to Trump’s announcement.
“I’m determined to avenge President Obama if it’s the last thing I do.”
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Pelosi’s link to the Supreme Court fund takes prospective donors to a website apparently run by the DCCC. In large text, the website reads: “Democrats 2018.”
Pelosi’s heightened rhetoric was matched by other Democrats in the tense run-up to Trump’s expected Monday night primetime announcement of his replacement for retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The White House hit back earlier in the day after another top Democrat vowed to oppose Trump’s judicial nominee sight-unseen.
In a series of tweets, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., called the nomination process “corrupt.”
“I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests,” Casey tweeted. “Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp.”
Casey, ostensibly a pro-life Democrat, has been supported by abortion rights groups because of his votes for Planned Parenthood and Obamacare. He has a 100-percent rating from pro-choice group NARAL.
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In response, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah called Casey’s decision predictable but regrettable.