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In a rushed decision, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court after a 52-48 vote last night, giving the court a 6-3 conservative advantage. For anyone concerned with abortion rights, LGBTQ+ protections, and access to affordable health care, this move—which was made just over a month after RBG's death and only a week before Election Day—is frightening. To put salt in the wound, the GOP posted a trolling tweet targeted at Hillary Clinton, which consequently was felt by many women and communities who will be affected by Barrett's seat on the court.
"Amy Coney Barrett, confirmed. Happy Birthday, @HillaryClinton!" the House Judiciary GOP tweeted after the news was announced yesterday, which coincided with Clinton's birthday. Twitter users were quick to clap back at the provacative tweet—one self-proclaimed Republican supporting Joe Biden in the 2020 election called the GOP a "classless disgrace" for the jab. Journalist Victoria Brownworth implied that the reason the GOP comes after Clinton is because they're just kind of obsessed with her. "Hey @HillaryClinton --you are so powerful they can't do anything without invoking you. You live rent free in their misogynist heads. You left a blazing mark on our real politik," she wrote.
Hey @HillaryClinton --you are so powerful they can't do anything without invoking you. You live rent free in their misogynist heads. You left a blazing mark on our real politik. Thank you. Hope to see you in the #BidenHarris administration. #Election2020 #VoteThemOut https://t.co/55LK23FEVp
— Victoria Brownworth #AntiFascistVoter (@VABVOX) October 27, 2020
Similarly, Mandy Moore responded to the GOP's trolling tweet with a call to get the current president and his administration out of office. "Vote them all OUT," she wrote.
Many others also saw the tweet as an increased call to action.
“When people show you who they are, believe them.” Maya Angelou. https://t.co/WVTGXSh671
— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) October 27, 2020
I mean just when I think they can’t sink any lower, they sink lower. Vote them all out. All of them. ALL. OF. THEM. https://t.co/RsUm38pQ1l
— Anthony Rapp Voted for Biden Black Lives Matter (@albinokid) October 27, 2020
Wow. Peoples healthcare and all. Fuck you all straight to hell. https://t.co/lEifKKfSlg
— 📎Lesley-Ann Have you Voted Brandt (@LesleyAnnBrandt) October 27, 2020
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) October 27, 2020
Hillary Clinton didn't address the tweet directly, but she shared a similar sentiment about exercising your right to vote.
Senate Republicans just pushed through a Supreme Court justice who will help them take away Americans' health care in the middle of a pandemic.
For them, this is victory.
Vote them out.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 27, 2020
In response to the news of Barrett's confirmation, Twitter users also started a thread declaring, "6-3 doesn’t represent me."
The thread encourages followers to volunteer and donate to help flip the states blue and stop the GOP from controlling our democracy.
Booksmart actress Beanie Feldstein joined the thread, sharing the links for those interested in volunteering and donating to the cause. The donate page for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee reads, "The only way to protect ourselves while we sort out the Supreme Court is to flip states blue. States can pass progressive legislation to save healthcare access, marriage equality, and abortion rights for millions of Americans."
— Beanie Feldstein (@BeanieFeldstein) October 26, 2020
The Maze Runner and Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien also joined the thread adding some words of his own to encourage followers to get involved. "If you support... LGBTQ+ equality, voting, rights, health care access, workers' rights, right to a safe & legal abortion, please DONATE if you can!" he wrote.
If you support...
Health care access
Right to a safe & legal abortion
Please DONATE if you can!👇
6-3 doesn’t represent me.
Flip states blue, stop the GOP.
Donate: https://t.co/e6BY6aINWB https://t.co/jfDJuH0ZJr
— Dylan O'Brien (@dylanobrien) October 26, 2020
See some of the other celebs who joined the thread below.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) October 26, 2020
— Laura Dern (@LauraDern) October 27, 2020
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) October 26, 2020
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) October 27, 2020
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 27, 2020
— Toni Braxton (@tonibraxton) October 27, 2020
— Elizabeth Gillies (@LizGillies) October 27, 2020
If you haven't yet voted or made your voting plan, check here for everything you need to know about voting in the 2020 election—and, as Laura Dern says above, "Vote like your lives depend on it."