Democratic Majority for Israel President and CEO Mark Mellman issued the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“With less than 40 days until Election Day, President Trump and Senate Republicans have decided to ram through a Supreme Court nominee, even as millions of Americans have already begun to cast ballots to decide which party will control the Senate and the presidency. In refusing to allow the American people a chance to weigh in on this crucial process, Republicans have not only demonstrated their callous disregard for democracy, but also their shameless hypocrisy, violating a principle they themselves invented four years ago.

“With the nomination of Judge Barrett, President Trump and Republicans come ever closer to achieving their long-desired goals for the Supreme Court: eliminating the Affordable Care Act and its protections for those with preexisting conditions; overturning Roe v. Wade and outlawing all abortions; and undermining democracy by deciding Trump is ‘reelected,’ regardless of how Americans vote. Now, with the future of our democracy, of health care, and of reproductive rights at stake, it is vital that Democrats turn out to vote, take back the Senate, and elect Joe Biden as president.”