In a White House event following the appointment, President Trump called it a "momentous day" for America, the constitution and the rule of law.
Amy Coney Barrett has become the newest justice on the Supreme Court on Monday, after the Senate voted 52-48, according to NPR. This comes just a week before the 2020 Presidential elections and a month after she was nominated by President Trump to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It's worth mentioning that none of the Democratic representatives voted for her appointment, and as The New York Times pointed out, it is the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed to the Supreme Court without any votes from the minority party.
The rushed and unprecedented confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, in the middle of an ongoing election, should be a stark reminder to every American that your vote matters. https://t.co/NwEi4jyMd1— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 27, 2020
Surprisingly, the only Republican to vote against Amy Coney Barnett's appointment was Senator Susan Collins of Maine who previously said it was too close to the presidential elections to confirm a new judge. In a White House event following the appointment, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to Coney Barrett. President Trump who spoke at the event took the opportunity to thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and calling it a "momentous day" for America, the constitution and the rule of law. He also praised Barrett's intellect and poise during the confirmation process.
If you’re mad #AmyConeyBarrett was just rammed through to replace RBG, then you better get off your duff and vote. Elections have consequences. To those who voted for Jill Stein or the pot-smoker from New Mexico, or wrote-in, “Mickey Mouse...congrats on your new SCOTUS Justice!— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 27, 2020
The event was also attended by several Republican senators. Despite Senate Democrats trying to slow down the process of Coney Barrett's confirmation, the fact that Republicans control the Senate meant that this was bound to happen. 48-year-old Barrett is understood to be one of the youngest people to join the supreme court and is viewed as a social conservative and judicial "originalist." Her confirmation means that she could have major influence on upcoming rulings on health care as well as future challenges to abortion access and the results of the Nov. 3 election between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Pres Trump escorts Justice Barrett up the South Portico steps to the balcony outside the Blue Room as invited guests applaud on the South Lawn beneath. pic.twitter.com/AxFfvJ0mA8— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 27, 2020
Barrett, a socially conservative Catholic, has always been vocal about her personal opposition to abortion. She has also faced a lot of criticism during her confirmation from Democrats who said she would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. However, she has stated that she will judge cases based on law and not on religious and personal views. During Senate confirmation hearings earlier this month, Barrett was asked to answer a host of hot-button issues. As expected, she didn't offer firm answers regarding how she would rule, mentioning that it would undercut her impartiality.
"I have no mission and no agenda. Judges don't have campaign promises," she said, as per PEOPLE. "As I said when I was nominated to serve as a justice, I am used to being in a group of nine — my family," she said in her opening statement during her confirmation hearings. "Nothing is more important to me, and I am so proud to have them behind me." She continued: "Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life. I believe deeply in the rule of law and the place of the Supreme Court in our nation," Barrett said.
After a unanimous vote by the Judiciary Committee last week, tonight the Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to become the 115th Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 27, 2020
She was sworn in shortly after at the White House.
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"I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written." Despite her statements to keep her views and the law separate, it did not convince Democratic lawmakers who strongly believe that Barrett's confirmation to the court is a threat to the future of the Affordable Care Act. This is espcially because Republicans have been trying for long to dismantle the Obama-era law despite a consensus on how to preserve its most popular provisions. It's worth mentioning that Trump officially announced Barrett as his nominee for Ginsburg's replacement at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Sept. 26. Ginsburg died on 18th September.
Asked if the Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS nomination will cost Republicans senate seats this election, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells Fox primetime the new Supreme Court pick "will be a political asset."— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) October 27, 2020