Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan and Trump Victory hosted a press call on Monday, October 12th following the first day of hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Chairman Lathan was joined by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (FL), Rand Paul (KY) and Ron Johnson (WI), along with RNC Co-Chairman Tommy Hicks (TX) in their respective states. The following are her remarks during the ALGOP call:
“Thank you all for joining us today.
“Alabama has a unique situation with the Judge Amy Coney Barrett nomination. Our state is repeatedly the highest rated approval state for President Trump. We are one of the reddest conservative states in the nation with 65% of all partisan elected officials being Republicans.
“So, one would think our U.S. Senators would listen and vote with what the will of the majority of Alabamians want.
“While Senator Shelby has clearly and repeatedly voted for the majority, that has not been the case with Senator Doug Jones. He has been tone deaf to that majority and there will be a heavy price for him to pay on November 3rd.
“Today, Doug Jones continues to thumb his nose at our state’s majority. If we know one think about Alabamians, ignoring us will be met with firm actions by ending his short tenure in the U.S. Senate. As of today, he has embarrassed our state and shirked one of his most important duties as a Senator – represent our state in this nomination process. Senator Jones immediately knee jerked on not meeting with Judge Coney Barrett – he would not even give her the courtesy or decent respect to meet with this highly accomplished mother of seven who drives a minivan.
“Our state has been sidelined by his absence. Funny how he said the American people need a ‘full, fair and complete trial’ when it came to President Trump’s impeachment proceedings. He promised Alabama he would be an “independent” voice. On Judge Coney Barrett’s proceedings, he has failed on all of his own promises to Alabama. His slogan is ‘One Alabama’ – it should be changed to ‘Ignoring Alabama’.
“Judge Coney Barrett is the epitome of female empowerment in all aspects of her life – in her family, her academics, her law life and her consistent stance on one thing when sitting on any bench in our nation: reading and interpreting the U.S. Constitution not legislating from the bench. The Democrats love invoking the same constitution, but only when they want the situations to be seen through their lens. This nomination is one of these examples.
“Doug Jones blames the November 3rd election as a reason for him to withhold a meeting and his vote for seating Judge Coney Barrett. Yet, there have been two general elections held that lead us to follow the voters’ wishes – in 2016 with the election of President Trump and in 2018 when the Senate added two Republican members. The compass of those decisions of statewide elections points in a balanced, conservative direction. Yet Senator Jones continues to tell Alabama to ‘talk to the hand’ with his flagrant disregard for the majority of Alabamians. He will forfeit his seat on November 3rd for leaving our seat at the table empty.
“We agree with Senator Jones and Joe Biden on one thing – this is a battle for the heart and soul of the Senate and America. When then-Senator Joe Biden was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he asked that questions not be posed to the nominee on topics that may come before them on the bench. The Honorable Justice Ginsberg agreed the Constitution clearly gives a president the right to appoint a nominee. Yet, Doug Jones is once again failing to acknowledge the Constitution’s clear directives for Amy Coney Barrett.
“As America is hearing and seeing the calm demeanor of their most highly qualified nominee, we look forward to our fellow citizens seeing for themselves the truth that has been filtered while the hysterics of the Democrats are on display.
“Amy Coney Barrett stands solid on the most important attribute a Supreme Court Justice is charges with – applying and overlaying the words of the United States Constitution to the cases that will be before her. She has stood on these principles and application through her entire legal journey.
“It’s a shame Doug Jones has once again put our majority last and his left wing groups first. His repeated failure to remember the majority of our state is who will be on full display in three weeks from Tuesday when his term ends.
“Senator Jones once told CNN when asked about voting against the will of the Alabama majority that it wasn’t the ‘be all to end all’. On November 3rd, we look forward to making his short ‘one and done’ term the true ‘be all to end all’ when we seat Tommy Tuberville and keep the majority in the U.S. Senate and the White House. The world is watching Alabama with the power of the U.S. Senate at stake, and we plan to show the world what Alabamians do with our votes by vanquishing Doug Jones to a blip in the history books.
“We look forward to showcasing Alabama’s majority strength and also seating Amy Coney Barrett as the new Supreme Court Justice.
“In the meantime, we challenge Joe Biden to release his Supreme Court list that he said he had in June, as well as answer the simple yes or no question – would he and Senator Harris push to add extra seats to the Supreme Court? If they do not, their silence tell us that’s a yes!”