Here is a statement from Senator Toomey, which I have adapted to fit the current situation.
“With the U.S. Supreme Court’s balance at stake, and with the presidential election [under investigation], it is wise to [ensure] the American people [were given] a more direct voice in the selection and confirmation of the next justice. Should [Neil Gorsuch] be [brought up for a vote before the resolution of these investigations, Senator Toomey should] be happy to [refuse] his nomination, as [he did] with [Merrick Garland, when he was] submitted by President Obama.”
I condemn the White House’s second attempt to ban Muslims from entering the country, and I condemn your support for it. I said this about the first Muslim ban: “This order is absolutely unconstitutional,” and it was ruled unconstitutional by every judge who saw the case. Please read their decisions, because they are still applicable to this revised Muslim ban. This executive order will be found unconstitutional, and you continue to put yourself on the wrong side of history.
P.S. Your voicemail box is full again and no one picked up the phone during office hours.
I was on Senator Toomey’s telephone town hall yesterday afternoon, but it ended so quickly that the Senator wasn’t able to get to my question about the Supreme Court nomination.
Senator Toomey said last year, on refusing to hold a hearing for Merrick Garland, that he wished “to give the American people a more direct say in this critical decision.” American Intelligence agencies have stated that Russia interfered with the election. We’ve seen an increasing number of reports of the Republican administration’s, and the Republican campaign’s, connection with Russian government and intelligence. There are several ongoing investigations into these connections, and there are more proposed and requested. We don’t have all the facts. We don’t know to what extent the outcome of the election was the say of the American people or the Russian government. With this in mind, does Senator Toomey intend to break his pledge to withhold a Supreme Court hearing until we know we’ve been listening to the American people, rather than the Russian government?
All signs point to “Yes!”
The Senate must NOT confirm any permanent appointments while the election is under official investigation. The Senate is still investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, so any hearings on appointments to the Supreme Court must be delayed until the conclusion of those investigations. You don’t have all the information, so you must not make permanent decisions.
Your phone lines have been busy. Your voicemail box has been full. I’m sure you’re getting plenty of mail. It’s clear that your constituents want to hear from you. Yet, it took days for you to release a noncommittal statement on the refugee ban. And you’ve largely been silent on everything else. Senator Casey, on the other hand, is communicating with Pennsylvanians. Give us some feedback, please. You promised not to be a rubber stamp for President Trump, but we need constant reassurance on that front.
Yesterday, the president signed an executive order turning away refugees, banning people from Muslim-majority countries, and instituting a religious test for getting into the United States. This order is absolutely unconstitutional. The president has violated the constitution and his oath of office. You’ve seen the resistance in protests all over our great nation. We, the people, demand that you work to counteract the Muslim ban. You’ve used freedom of religion as an excuse for your stances before. If you remain silent now, you prove that your brand of “freedom” is for Christians only. Further, you must work to impeach the president for the violation of his oath of office.
Lies are coming out of the White House. Particularly, lies about the murder rate in Philadelphia, used to justify federal interference like the president threatened in Chicago. If you need to use lies to justify your action, your action is unjust. Senator Toomey came out in support of the president’s stance on sanctuary cities, which was supported by lies. By not speaking against the lies, Senator Toomey is compromising his own position and integrity.
Hello Senator Toomey,
No one answered my call, and your voicemail box is full.
I’m deeply disturbed by the President’s executive orders intended to deport immigrants and ban refugees. Immigration is the foundation of our nation, and it is through immigration that the US continues to excel. It can only be through compassion for refugees that America demonstrates its commitment to all men being created equal. The fact that so many are fleeing areas impacted by ISIS is clear evidence that they want to live in a nation that respects freedom and opportunity, not under the reign of an abusive power that places undue importance on a person’s religion. Yick Wo v. Hopkins tells us it is unconstitutional for a law to disproportionately affect a protected class, but the proposed list of countries in the ban is exclusively majority-Muslim. This is unconstitutional policy must be opposed by everyone with a voice, and that includes you. If this executive order is carried through, we will be living under the reign of an abusive power that places undue importance on a person’s religion. We’ll be no better than those we wish to oppose, and it won’t be long before countries will start accepting American refugees.
Please, I expect you to publicly stand with our immigrants and refugees, and you must protect them from these severe and short sighted measures.
I strongly urge you to vote against the President’s cabinet picks. There’s plenty else to address, so I’ll be brief.
Senator Toomey tweeted this morning an appraisal of a person in the running for RNC chair.
Despite the fact that his phone was ringing off the hook yesterday with requests to condemn the hiring of Stephen Bannon, noted white supremacist, he has yet to make a public comment on the matter. This, as we’ve seen with Senator Toomey’s handling of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, can be taken as support for President-elect Trump’s choice of Stephen Bannon. In his re-election campaign, Senator Toomey pledged to “stand up to any president’s bad ideas.” Senator Toomey has not stood up.