Mitch McConnell and President Trump, refuses to authorize a dollar in aid to states and localities forced to lay off teachers, police officers and firefighters because of the COVID recession.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in league with President Trump, stands on the barricades and refuses to authorize a dollar in aid to states and localities forced to furlough and lay off teachers, police officers and firefighters because of the COVID-induced recession.

They refuse to toss a token to America’s public transit systems that, having lost ridership and tax revenue, ready debilitating service cuts.

They refuse to assist school districts to help them reopen for in-person learning, even as Trump continues to pressure them to do so.

They refuse to send any more help to millions of families about to exhaust all their unemployment aid, including countless New Yorkers in hospitality and the arts whose livelihoods have ground to a halt.

McConnell and Trump had no time for and spent no political capital on these priorities.

But after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 46 days before the election, they did clear the deck to rush through a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who, barring a strike of lightning, will be confirmed in a party-line vote on the Senate floor today.

McConnell and his crew of opportunists do this despite having practically carved a rule in the Capitol’s marble four years ago, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia 269 days before the 2016 election: No election-year confirmations, they said, and said again, and again, insisting Americans hold them to the new precedent they were setting.

May they reap the electoral whirlwind for shredding any semblance of principle.

While we disagree with her judicial philosophy, while we revile the judicial assault on the Affordable Care Act to which she will almost certainly assent, under normal circumstances we would endorse Barrett’s confirmation. She is qualified; this Senate and this president are once and for all disqualified from purporting to honorably lead America.

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