Speaking during the first day of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett Monday afternoon, vice presidential nominee and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris claimed the process is unsafe due to Wuhan coronavirus. She did so despite the Senate attending physician, who is non-partisan, clearing the hearing after extensive safety precautions were implemented.
During his opening statement Monday morning, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham explained safe health protocols and CDC guidelines are being followed for hearings this week.
“As to the hearing room, I doubt if there’s any room in the country that has been given more attention and detail to make sure it’s CDC compliant. The Architect of the Capitol working with the Attending Physician has set up the room in a fashion so we can safely do our business," Graham said.
Very interesting that Harris used her time to suggest the hearing was unsafe, when the nonpartisan attending physician of the cleared it just yesterday.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 12, 2020
Democrats only see COVID as a political weapon.
That's why they block relief, but run on there not being enough relief. https://t.co/Zctk2vzoJS
Further, the Senate has been holding hybrid in-person and virtual hearings for months. Examples of those hearings can be found here.
Earlier this week, Harris downplayed the safety of a Wuhan coronavirus vaccine during the first and only vice presidential debate.
Asked about whether or not she'd get a COVID-19 vaccine, Sen. Harris responds: "If Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I'll be the first in line to take it, absolutely. If Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I'm not taking it." https://t.co/rJxLDwoEis pic.twitter.com/B61tCNW28L— ABC News (@ABC) October 8, 2020
VP Pence to Sen. Harris: "I just ask you, stop playing politics with people's lives. The reality is that we will have a vaccine, we believe, before the end of this year and it will have the capacity to save countless American lives." https://t.co/rJxLDwoEis #VPDebate pic.twitter.com/q5ifCZuhJC— ABC News (@ABC) October 8, 2020