Pelosi does not rule out impeachment to block Trump nominee to Supreme Court.
Trump, who has pledged to nominate a woman, said at a campaign rally in North Carolina on Saturday that he will nominate Ginsburg’s replacement in the next week.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country. This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election,” Pelosi told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “Our main goal would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the people from the coronavirus.”
Pressed by Stephanopoulos that she’s “not ruling anything out,” Pelosi emphasized that the Constitution requires Congress “to use every arrow in our quiver.”
“We have a responsibility,” she said. “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people.”
Pelosi, who ordered flags to half-staff on Friday evening in honor of Ginsburg, urged people to turn out to vote to defend health care and the right to choose.
“It’s really important for everyone to get out there and vote,” Pelosi said. “This is about the people. It’s about their health, their economic well being, the health of our democracy. We have a great deal at stake here. I think we should be very calm. We should be inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was brilliant. And she was strategic and she was successful. And she did more for equality for women in our country than anyone that you can name.”
As the country closes in on 200,000 deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impasse continues over another phase of congressional aid for the COVID-19 pandemic. Pelosi told Stephanopoulos that Ginsburg “would want us to move forward to protect the people who are sick.”
While the House passed the Heroes Act five months ago, proposing $3.4 trillion in relief, Senate Republicans have not acted on the measure, opting instead to craft a bill with targeted relief totaling $300 billion. On Sept. 10, that bill failed to advance through a procedural vote in the Senate, continuing the stalemate while lawmakers turn their focus to a stop-gap funding bill needed to stave off a government shutdown at the end of the month.
“None of us has any interest in shutting down government. That has such a harmful and painful impact on so many people in our country. So I would hope that we can just proceed with that,” Pelosi said. “We’re not going to be shutting down government. I do hope, though, that the focus on health care and what it means in terms of the courts will have public opinion be of such magnitude that the Republicans will finally, finally address the coronavirus crisis.”
Appropriators are expected to put the final touches on a bill as soon as Monday before a potential shutdown Oct. 1.