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Letter: Too much partisanship


Saturday, October 13, 2018

At a time when most Americans are longing for a functional Washington where respect and compromise between political parties exist, Donald Trump continues to loudly antagonize the left and he continues to divide our great nation.

At the Brett Kavanaugh swearing-in, Trump exclaimed that Kavanaugh was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats. The president also said, “The way they really tortured him and his family, I thought it was a disgrace.”

After this ugly spectacle, President Trump had a chance to heal this nation.

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump on July 8 and confirmed Oct. 8. Republicans complained bitterly about the lengthy confirmation process and false accusations that were made public by a very credible Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Have they forgotten that after Judge Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, Obama nominated Merrick Garland on March 16, 2016? In an unprecedented move, Republicans in Congress said they would not even vote before they election, which was eight long months off in November. The nomination sat before the Senate for a record 293 days due to hateful partisanship.

And the Republicans were worried about adding one week to the confirmation process?

What’s going on in Washington is so absurd and we should all write our representatives to complain. Supreme Court justices should be like impartial umpires. They should be nonpartisan. They should be there to interpret the laws but not make the laws.

Partisanship should not determine how a nominee is questioned during the confirmation, or how a nominee is voted on.

The president and the Congress need to work together.

RICHARD FOSS

Webster