Some on the left expressed anger and outrage as Democrats in the U.S. Senate showed that they put much more of an importance on one thing over defeating the legacy of President Donald Trump — their vacation time.
Here's what happened
The Republicans controlling the Senate cancelled their scheduled August recess in order to pursue legislation in advance of Trump's and their agenda.
Rather than stay and fight by using parliamentary procedures to stall and possibly block some of them, Democrats decided to cave on his judicial nominations so that they could go home.
Even progressive news outlet Huffington Post called it a "major win" for Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose "No. 1 priority is filling up federal courts with conservative judges ― many of whom are incredibly anti-abortion, anti–LGBTQ rights and anti–voting rights."
'It is pathetic.'
Brian Fallon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's former chief spokesman, denounced the move by Democrats.
“Trading this many lifetime positions away for a couple days back home in the dead of August is a metaphor for how myopic the Democrats’ approach has been at this dark moment in history,” Fallon said.
"An entire branch of government is being lost for generations, and Senate Democrats are willfully blind to it,” Fallon continued. “In the coming months and years, these same Democrats will issue outraged statements about the rulings issued by the very judges that they could not be bothered to try to slow down. It is pathetic.”
A top aide to former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also blamed the leadership of the Democratic Party for their misplaced priorities, and explained why it helped Trump.
"This comes down to leadership," tweeted Adam Jentleson, "Senate Dem leaders could take a stand and station one senator on the floor at all times to object, forcing McConnell to jump through interminable hurdles & produce 51 votes — twice — for each nominee, likely resulting in fewer lifetime Trump judges."
Michael Avenatti, who gained fame as the lawyer representing Trump accuser and adult film star Stormy Daniels, excoriated the Democrats for giving in to the president.
"This is exactly what I am talking about when I say Democrats don’t have enough backbone and fight," he tweeted.
"Why would Dems help Trump take over the federal courts when we may be on the brink of a constitutional crisis?" he added. "We must fight Fire with Fire!"
Avenatti says he is actively looking into possibly running for president in 2020.
Republicans are happy
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, on the other hand, enthusiastically praised the advances on his social media account.
"Cancelling August recess resulted in the most productive Senate work period in recent memory. Today alone we confirmed seven more judges & 27 executive branch nominees," he tweeted.