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…
It 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.
Barrett was nominated a mere month ago – on September 26th, to be precise.
And 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.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Considering that the Supreme Court decides the law on pivotal issues including abortion and gun control, most of us weren’t entirely surprised.
A conservative Catholic who is opposed to both abortion and gay marriage.
However, when another associate justice position came up, Brett Kavanaugh was appointed instead because Trump said he was “saving [Barrett] for Ginsburg.”
And, 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.
Trump’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.
“This is a momentous day for America, for the United States constitution, and for the fair and impartial rule of law.”
“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.”
“A judge declares independence not only from the Congress and the president but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her.”
At the age of forty-eight, Barrett is the Supreme Court’s youngest justice.
Admittedly, there have been many words of congratulations, including from TV host and journalist, Piers Morgan, who said that Barrett is “incredibly well qualified for the job”, all while slamming the “squealing Democrats” as “hypocritical” and “pathetic.”
And many applauded President Trump for his wise choice of Supreme Court justice.
People are seriously unimpressed.
While others are concerned about the legitimacy behind Barrett’s “impartialness.”
Before adding that Trump’s move should serve as a “stark reminder to every American that your vote matters.”
Taking to Twitter, she wrote:
“Instead of working to provide COVID-19 relief to struggling Americans, Mitch McConnell and Republicans chose to jam through a Supreme Court nominee—when more than 62 million people have already voted. It’s despicable and they must be held accountable.”
She finished by stating:
“Today Republicans denied the will of the American people by confirming a Supreme Court justice through an illegitimate process — all in their effort to gut the Affordable Care Act and strip health care from millions with pre-existing conditions.”
Including a Trump-backed challenge to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on November 10th.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.