PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A rally was held Sunday afternoon asking Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse to take action in stopping the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
“This is not a test. Everything we hold dear is on the chopping block, and we are counting on our Senators to do whatever it takes to block an illegitimate seizure of our courts by a GOP minority that hasn’t won a democratic majority in years,” said former Rhode Island state representative Aaron Regunberg.
“Democrats need to literally shut the Senate down — and we want Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse to know that Rhode Islanders will be with them 100% when they do.”
Several hundred demonstrators gathered at Burnside Park before marching down to Senator Reed and Whitehouse’s Providence offices.
Senators Reed and Whitehouse released a joint statement Sunday, saying the decision should wait until the American people have their say, after the November election, and that they “will work uphill and seize the moral high ground to advance equality and opportunity for all. We will continue marching down the trail she and others have blazed to achieve enduring progress. We will seek and demand justice. We will stick to our principles and do what is right. And together, we will prevail.”
Liz Gledhill, who is chair of the RI Democratic Women’s Caucus, said she wants specifics. “We want them to say they will hold up the sessions for as long as they can. I think Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse will hear us today and best case scenario their going to tell us what they are going to do and we are going to be behind them 100 percent and figure out how we can help them and support them as they do this.”
President Trump is expected to announce his nominee for the vacancy on the Supreme Court in the coming week, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay.
He said his choice would be “a very talented, very brilliant woman”, but he did not yet know whom he would choose.