Conservative attorney Amy Coney Barrett moves to the United States Supreme Court. In the evening, the Washington Senate confirmed the candidate of US President Trump. Shortly thereafter, he was sworn in at the White House.
Conservative attorney Amy Coney Barrett moves to the United States Supreme Court. In the evening, the Washington Senate confirmed the candidate of US President Donald Trump. The decision was made with the votes of 52 Republican Senate members, 47 Democrats and one Republican voting against.
At the swearing in ceremony of the new judge shortly after in the White House, US President Donald Trump defended his choice of conservative lawyer to succeed the late Liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “The Barrett family has won the heart of America. It is very fitting that Judge Barrett holds the post of a true pioneer for women, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Trump with a smiling Barrett by his side.
Barrett swears independence
Barrett declared her independence from Trump and politics at the swearing-in ceremony while the president was behind her. “The oath I solemnly swore tonight means, in essence, that I will do the job without fear or favor, regardless of politics or my preferences,” he said. After the ceremony, Trump and Barrett greeted guests from the White House balcony.
In contrast to last month’s naming event in the rose garden, more attendees wore masks and the space between seats was increased. Some of the Republican senators who voted in favor of Barrett’s confirmation were present, but not majority leader Mitch McConnell, who hadn’t entered the White House since August due to Covid-19 concerns. The Sept. 26 ceremony turned out to be a “superspreader event” in which Trump and his wife Melania and other government employees were infected with the virus
With Barrett, the Conservatives in the Supreme Court get the dominant majority of six of the nine seats. This could affect the development of US society for decades. Judges are appointed for life, and the Supreme Court often has the final say on controversial cases, including abortion rights, health care, and immigration policies.
Trump desperately wanted confirmation before the election
Supreme Court judges are appointed by the President and appointed by the Senate. Barrett replaces liberal justice icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September. Trump really wanted to fill the vacant seat before the November 3 presidential election. He also explicitly referred to any legal proceedings relating to the counting of votes that could end up in the Supreme Court.
Democrats around presidential candidate Joe Biden, however, demanded that only the winner of the election should resolve Ginsburg’s successor. In the end, only Senator Susan Collins supported this Republican view. More recently, Democrats have warned that with Barrett in the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama’s health reform could fall and millions of Americans would lose their health insurance. The Trump administration is making another attempt to overturn the Supreme Court reform, with the first hearing scheduled for the week after the presidential election.
Barrett doesn’t want to answer questions about the controversy
Trump only said last week that he hoped the court would abolish “Obamacare”. He himself has been announcing his health plan for years, but has not yet presented it. Liberals also fear that with Barrett and conservative rule in the Supreme Court, the right to abortion and same-sex marriage may also be at risk.
In their hearing, which lasted several days, Barrett consistently kept a low profile on contentious issues. Among other things, he did not want to say whether, from his point of view, the right to abortion or same-sex marriage is covered by the constitution. She herself is known as an anti-abortionist, but assured her that personal opinions would not play a role in her decisions.
Democrats were also outraged that Republicans in the Senate even refused to hear Obama’s Supreme Court candidates in early 2016. They stressed that in an election year, the will of the people must first be discovered. Now they are moving away from that position with Barrett.