The US Senate has divided opinions after it confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, just one week before the election.
Here's what we know so far...
Amy Coney Barrett is the Supreme Court's new justice.
via: GettyIt seems like only a minute ago that a maskless Trump was nominating Barrett to the court at a lavish Rose Garden party that would subsequently infect a number of Republicans with coronavirus, doesn't it?
Well, that's because it pretty much was only a minute ago.
via: GettyBarrett was nominated a mere month ago - on September 26th, to be precise.
Barrett has spent the last 3 years on the bench as a federal appeals court judge...
via: GettyAnd was nominated in the wake of the death of beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last month at the age of eighty-seven.
However, Ginsburg, who served as Supreme Court Justice for nearly thirty years, had said before her death:
via: Getty“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
But, never the one to honor the wishes of a dying woman, Trump went ahead and sought her replacement anyway.
via: GettyConsidering that the Supreme Court decides the law on pivotal issues including abortion and gun control, most of us weren't entirely surprised.
Barrett is the face of America’s religious Right:
via: GettyA conservative Catholic who is opposed to both abortion and gay marriage.
Trump has had his sights set on Barrett since 2018...
via: GettyHowever, when another associate justice position came up, Brett Kavanaugh was appointed instead because Trump said he was “saving [Barrett] for Ginsburg."
Some would call her and Trump a match made in heaven.
via: GettyAnd, of course, Democrats have been fearful that Judge Barrett's confirmation to the lifelong post will favor Republicans in politically sensitive cases that reach America's top court for potentially decades to come.
But now, their fears have been set in stone.
via: GettyTrump's fellow Republicans voted 52-48 to approve the judge, overcoming the unified opposition of Democrats. Only one Republican, Senator Susan Collins, voted against the president's nominee in Monday evening's vote.
Yesterday, Barrett took the oath of office at the White House alongside President Trump, who had just returned from campaigning in Pennsylvania.
via: GettyTrump said: "This is a momentous day for America, for the United States constitution, and for the fair and impartial rule of law."
The president then added:
via: Getty"She [Barrett] is one of our nation's most brilliant legal scholars and she will make an outstanding justice on the highest court in our land."
Justice Barrett said afterwards:
via: Getty"A judge declares independence not only from the Congress and the president but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her."
"The judicial oath captures the essence of the judicial duty: the rule of law must always control."
via: GettyAt the age of forty-eight, Barrett is the Supreme Court's youngest justice.
Since the news of Trump's victory broke, opinions have been seriously divided.
Congrats to new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. She proved in her confirmation hearings she is incredibly… https://t.co/cvTpHCtKzW— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1603796641.0
Others labeled her as "the greatest nomination of all time..."
The nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett was possibly the greatest SCOTUS nomination of all time. President Tru… https://t.co/ISJ3pgLJnY— Nick Adams (@Nick Adams)1603794108.0
However, on the other hand...
The good news is Amy Coney Barrett probably isn’t a rapist. The bad news is she’s on their side.— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1603774359.0
Many believe Trump rushed into appointing Barrett simply to prepare for a Republican loss next week...
Amy Coney Barrett is such an impartial jurist, she spent her first hour as a Supreme Court Justice attending a Donald Trump rally.— Bryan Behar (@Bryan Behar)1603777841.0
Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, called the decision "rushed and unprecedented..."
via: GettyBefore adding that Trump's move should serve as a "stark reminder to every American that your vote matters."
Democratic Vice President candidate, Kamala Harris also weighed in on the news.
Instead of working to provide COVID-19 relief to struggling Americans, Mitch McConnell and Republicans chose to jam… https://t.co/wdNbTg0EWC— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1603752622.0
She warned Republicans far and wide that "we won't forget this."
Today Republicans denied the will of the American people by confirming a Supreme Court justice through an illegitim… https://t.co/ZPDbtQDdO3— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1603757415.0
Justice Barrett could cast a decisive vote in a number of looming cases...
via: GettyIncluding a Trump-backed challenge to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on November 10th. Make sure to stay posted for further updates.