“The reason we were able to make the decision we did in 2016,” he said, referring to the GOP blocking Mr Garland’s nomination, “is because we had become the majority in 2014. The reason we were able to do what we did in 2016 and 2018 and 2020 is because we had the majority. No rules are broken whatsoever.”
The GOP-controlled Senate has voted on Barrett’s nomination and as widely expected confirmed her as the 115th justice on the nation’s highest court, sealing a 6-3 conservative majority on the panel that has become more and more instrumental in steering the course of US domestic policy in recent decades.
As McConnell punctuated his point earlier on by quoting His Royal Highness, Barrack The Benevolent, First Of His Name, Savior of Universe : “Elections have consequences.”
Ms Barrett, 48, who has served on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2017, is the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and just the second woman appointed by a Republican president.
A senior White House official told reporters in a statement Monday afternoon that “Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the official Constitutional Oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House tonight.”
Trump told reporters during a campaign trip to Pennsylvania Monday, “We’re going to see [an event] probably at the White House later on this evening.”
Apparently, there’s many in the U.S. who believe that the civil unrest and the volatility isn’t just simply going to go away on its own after the election. This is probably why online purchases for items military gear, including items like the $220 CM-6M gas mask which is resistant to bean bag rounds, are flying off the online shelves.
There has been a more than 20x increase in the sales of such goods and military gear this year, according to Bloomberg.
Roman Zrazhevskiy of Mira Safety in Austin, Texas said: “It doesn’t matter who gets elected. They think that no matter who wins, Biden or Trump, there are going to be people who are upset about the result.”
The military style gear has been donned by both sides of the political spectrum, with ANTIFA supporters wearing it while rioting and conservative supporters wearing it while trying to keep their streets and businesses safe from unnecessary assaults and property damage.
Retail chain 5.11 Tactical is doing almost $400 million in annual sales in places like Tulsa and El Paso. In some places the military style outfits are becoming everyday wear. Same store sales were up 10.5% in Q2 and 7.5% in Q1.
Guns and ammo sales have also surged. We noted Smith & Wesson had reported record sales back in September, for example.
The 500,000-member U.S. Concealed Carry Association says it has seen its membership “explode”. They are signing up members four times faster than a year ago.
Online forum MyMilitia.com said: “We’ve seen a large increase [in signups] since April — it’s only getting bigger.”
Gun stocks soared this summer as Americans panic hoarded guns and ammo. Weapon background checks surged to record highs, rose 79% in July year-over-year amid pandemic fears and violent social unrest gripping major metros.
Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary for threat prevention at the Department of Homeland Security, commented: “It’s evidence of what many people have been expressing concern about for the last six months — the stress associated with the pandemic, a frustration or anger about various government mitigation efforts and a belief that those efforts are infringing on their individual liberties.”
At another tactical gear shop, Gladiator Solutions, half the orders are coming from civilians – a major uptick from when law enforcement would be the company’s number one customer.
Matt Materazo, the company’s founder, said: “We’ve seen a big uptick coming out of New York, New Jersey, Illinois — not just those states but Chicago, Manhattan, Queens and San Francisco. We never did business with folks from San Francisco.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden suffered from either a senior moment or a Freudian slip on Saturday, when he told Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer – a longtime Obama aide – that his campaign has assembled the “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”
“What’s your message to the folks who have not yet voted or do not yet have a plan to vote. And part two, for the 50 million Americans who’ve already voted, what can they do over the last ten days to help make sure that you’re the next President of the United States?” Pfeiffer asked Biden.
Biden returned word salad at first, saying “Well, first of all, you know, uh, what really rankles, uh, my opponent is I say that, uh, the thing that bothers him most is he’s not a patch on Barack’s jeans. I mean, you know Barack was one hell of a president, and I tell you what, man, what an honor it was — I think you guys believe it, too — to serve with him. I mean, incredible honor. And, uh, I’m not being solicitous. I really mean that. Um, he had more integrity in his little finger than most people have in their whole body and he had a backbone like a ramrod. Has one.”
Then Biden touted his ‘voter fraud’ organization:
“Secondly, we’re in a situation where we have put together — and you’d [sic] guys, did it for our, the president Obama’s administration, before this — we have put together, I think, the most extensive and and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics. What the president is trying to do is discourage people from voting by implying their vote won’t be counted, it can’t be counted, we’re gonna challenge it, and all these things. If enough people vote, it’s gonna overwhelm the system. You see what’s happening now. You guys know it as well as I do. You see the long, long lines in early voting. You see the millions of people who have already cast a ballot.”