Republicans in Trump and the Senate aimed to speed up the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court ahead of the November election. After long days of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee (with a number of no responses from Barrett), she is on track for a full Senate vote starting the week of October 26.
Some Republicans have also changed their minds about Trump. This includes former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was released from the ICU after contracting Covid-19. Christie admitted he made “a big mistake” in letting his guard down on the coronavirus pandemic on the White House grounds for Barrett’s nomination ceremony, “and it cost me significantly.”
Things didn’t turn out the way Trump did during his redesigned city hall, either.
Amid all of this, relief for the millions of Americans who plunge deeper into economic hardship is still out of reach. Coronavirus infection rates continue to rise across the country and hospitalization rates are increasing in the new states. Experts are now warning against intimate family gatherings and urging vigilance over wearing masks, hand washing and choosing the outdoors as the country enters the eighth month of the pandemic.
Point: Trump’s efforts to change the narrative in the final sprint to Election Day still have one stubborn obstacle: reality.