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Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s conservative Supreme Court pick, has officially been confirmed

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.

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โ€œShe will defend our rights, our liberties and our God given freedoms,โ€ Trump described, according to The New York Post. โ€œWe were all watching in great amusement as she was so-called grilled by the opposition. That was easy.โ€

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.

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.