WASHINGTON DC – Vermont’s delegation in Washington had some harsh words for U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court position soon to be vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump nominated Dolores Umbridge, his reported second pick for Secretary of Education after current Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Senator Leahy expressed concern that the U.S. Senate had not been consulted in the nomination process, with Trump instead consulting with private firms such as The Heritage Foundation and Esser des Todes. Leahy has voted against Umbridge before, along with then-Senator Jim Jeffords, when she was nominated by President George W. Bush for a high level government position in 2003.
Bernie Sanders took to the internet, recording a live video chat in which he called to mind the past accusations of child abuse leveled against Umbridge, as well as her record of supporting torture and the death penalty. He claimed that the government was being infiltrated at every level, and that it was becoming difficult to tell friends from foes, but that he would fight Umbridge at every step of the way.
Umbridge responded to her critics by saying only, “I’m sure we’re all going to be very good friends.But I will have order. Obey the law and you will be rewarded. Fail to do so and the consequences may be severe. But if you do break the law, deep down, you know that you deserve to be punished. Don’t you? And I am only here to facilitate that for you.”