Amy Coney Barrett will replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, making her the youngest justice in history.
Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s controversial pick for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court replacement, has today been confirmed as the court’s newest justice.
The confirmation came with a close 52-48 vote and represents a major win for Republicans ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
“She will defend our rights, our liberties and our God given freedoms,” Trump described, according to The New York Post. “We were all watching in great amusement as she was so-called grilled by the opposition. That was easy.”
Barrett will replace the late Ginsburg, a champion of liberal values, who passed away last month. At 48, Barrett is now the youngest-ever Supreme Court Justice and could serve for decades to come.
Barrett’s appointment sways the Supreme Court heavily towards the right, with a 6-3 conservative majority. Many worry that Barrett, who is a devout Catholic and favourite among anti-abortion rights advocates, could pose a threat to America’s Roe v. Wade legislation which protects a woman’s right to have an abortion.
Thank You to @senatemajldr and all of the 52 @SenateGOP for Voting to Confirm the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana to @Scotus! Great Vote! Great Day for America! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/CkCYAnmpXh
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 27, 2020
The appointment is particularly controversial as it goes against the precedent set in 2016, following the death of Antonin Scalia, when Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination was blocked due to the fact that it was in an election year. At the time, it was argued that waiting until after the election would allow the people to have more of a say over who was elected.
Barrett’s appointment comes just seven days out from the election.
BREAKING: Amy Coney Barrett, mother of 7, Christian, Conservative, Judicial genius, defender of life, woke af, has been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court: 🔥🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/9J48Jbf0Bi
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 27, 2020