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Pelosi on Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation: "This Is A Very Sad Day For Our Country"

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Speaker Pelosi reacts to the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes: "It’s very sad because it’s the undoing of the system of checks and balances."

"It's only eight days until the election, people are voting now," she said. "As you know, over 60 million people have already voted. So, in the middle of an election, they're putting this forward, eight days until the election, fifteen days until the first, the oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act. And the President said within this past 24 hours – anyway, it was reported in the past 24 hours, that he was there to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And all that that means for pre-existing conditions, people who need access to quality Affordable Care Act, they're coming after you, as the expression goes. So, it's very sad because it's the undoing of the system of checks and balances."


CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST: Speaker, let's first start about your reaction to this confirmation and what it means for you because, should you be Speaker in the next Congress, any sort of expansion of the courts, any balancing of the courts would have to be done through law making that happened in your body. What is your reaction to tonight and what are you open to in the future?

SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Well, I think – first, let me say, Chris, thank you for your focus on every aspect of what is happening here from the coronavirus and its connection to this, taking up this confirmation instead of taking up legislation to crush the virus.

This is a very sad day for our country. Within the past 24 hours we've seen the President of the United States say, in his delusional state, ‘We've rounded the curve on this. We’ve rounded the turn.’ We haven't. We’ve heard his Chief of Staff tell us, eyes wide open, as you said, this is a decision, they do not intend to control the virus.

Over eight million people infected, getting close to a quarter of a million people who have died and now we know they never intended – it wasn't just ineptitude, it wasn't just politics, it just wasn't their defiance of science, it was a decision, a decision not to crush the virus, and what that means for the education of our children, the economy of our country and the rest. And what do they do but rush, rush this Supreme Court nomination through? Which has – also has an impact on the health and well-being of the American people.

It's only eight days until the election, people are voting now. As you know, over 60 million people have already voted. So, in the middle of an election, they're putting this forward, eight days until the election, fifteen days until the first, the oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act. And the President said within this past 24 hours – anyway, it was reported in the past 24 hours, that he was there to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And all that that means for pre-existing conditions, people who need access to quality Affordable Care Act, they're coming after you, as the expression goes. So, it's very sad because it's the undoing of the system of checks and balances.
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