President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Grant Boone
September 27, 2020

Early on in her career, she worked for renowned conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, who she praised following her nomination.

Democrats are hoping that Ginsberg's seat will not be seated before the election. At age 48, she would also be the youngest member of the nine-justice bench and likely serve for decades to come.

In a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump introduced Barrett as "a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the constitution".

"I looked and I studied, and you are very eminently qualified", he said as Barrett stood next to him.

Barrett also gave a taste of what will be her presentation to the Senate, describing her conservative values as a judge.

Mr. Trump criticized his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, for not releasing a list of possible nominees. He is said to have passed on to Barrett his legal views, according to which the US Constitution must be interpreted exactly as its authors understood it at the time it was written.

Trump joked that the confirmation process ahead "should be easy" and "extremely noncontroversial", though it is likely to be anything but.

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Democrats in particular are anxious that Barrett could allow her religious convictions to influence the work of a Supreme Court judge.

US President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he is nominating Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appellate judge, for the Supreme Court. "I am deeply honored by the confidence you have placed in me", Barrett said. "She not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them".

Within hours of Ginsburg's death, Trump made clear he would nominate a woman for the seat and later volunteered he was considering five candidates.

She would be the only justice on the current court not to have received her law degree from an Ivy League school.

Republicans, who enjoy a 53-47 advantage in the Senate, appear to have enough votes to approve Trump's third Supreme Court pick and they intend to hold a confirmation vote before the November election with an eye to energizing the conservative base.

"This nomination threatens the destruction of life-saving protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions together with every other benefit and protection of the Affordable Care Act", House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. The idea of overturning or gutting Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion, has animated activists in both parties for decades.

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