Trump's pick of Barrett a case of tilting Supreme Court rightward

Clay Curtis
September 28, 2020

Mr Trump said he did not discuss abortion rights with Amy Coney Barrett before choosing her for the top court.

University of Texas law professor Steven Vladeck says he expects that with Barrett's confirmation, the court would be transformed into the most conservative court since the 1930s, a court that is much more aggressive in its conservative agenda.

Biden appealed directly to his former colleagues in the Senate to "take a step back from the brink".

During his statements on Sunday, Biden again urged Republican senators to break from the party and oppose a confirmation before the election.

"She's going to look at constitutional and statutory issues and try to decide, 'What does the text mean?'" Cassell said. But Biden said he should choose the next justice if he prevails on November 3.

"Well if it is thrown out, it will be months from the time the court hears it", Blunt said.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, is leading Mr. Trump in most national and swing-state polls.

According to the data from a New York Times/Siena College survey, 56% of voters want the victor of the 2020 presidential election to nominate Ginsburg's replacement.

The poll, which was conducted September 22-24, had a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points.

"It's not about this justice".

"Labor rights will be eliminated", he said.

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Republicans reacted with outrage and accused Feinstein of attacking Coney Barrett's faith. But it's her conservative approach to the law, particularly health care access that is drawing opposition from Democrats, not her private beliefs.

Trump, Ridge said, "lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead" and "sows division along political, racial and religious lines".

Mr. James likely will not get a chance to cast a vote on the Barrett nomination, but the court battle has provided a glimpse into his judicial philosophy. Mrs Barrett could be on the bench for the court's Nov 10 arguments in a case in which Mr Trump and fellow Republicans are seeking to invalidate the 2010 law, formally called the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. James, meanwhile, said the Barrett nomination is going to show that Mr. Peters' attempt to cast himself as a bipartisan operator is bogus.

Democratic senators on Sunday echoed Mr Biden's message, saying it would be the focus of questions Judge Barrett will face during a multi-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is due to start on October 12.

She has been chosen to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg but awaits Senate confirmation. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on CNN.

It is expected to last three to four days, ensuring that her nomination should be confirmed ahead of the election on November 3.

Trump, who is well behind in the polls, has repeatedly said he may have to challenge results, alleging - without evidence - that Democrats want a "rigged" election.

"Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me", said Barrett, calling Ginsburg "a woman of enormous talent" with an impressive legal career, as well as noting her "warm and rich friendship" with late Justice Antonin Scalia, her ideological opposite but dear friend.

Schumer told Senate Democrats, "Our number one job is to communicate exactly what is at stake for the American people if Republicans jam through this nominee".

There are two cases related to abortion rights before the Supreme Court, one of which challenges a 2018 MS ban on abortions from 15 weeks.

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