Democrats hammer Trump's Supreme Court pick, say could jeopardise Obamacare

Laverne Higgins
September 27, 2020

In a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump introduced Barrett as "a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the constitution".

US President Donald Trump walks with Judge Amy Coney Barrett to announce her nomination for Supreme Court Justice.

McConnell called Barrett "an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court", while Graham said he was "very committed to ensuring the nominee gets a challenging, fair, and respectful hearing". "You are going to be fantastic".

Announcing his nomination of Judge Barrett, President Trump described her as one of the "most brilliant and gifted minds" in America.

Following Trump's nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden released a statement, saying that the victor of the upcoming Presidential Election should have been the person to nominate a new Justice.

"We have full confidence that the pro-life Senate majority will move swiftly to confirm her before the election", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B Anthony List, an anti-abortion group that is launching a digital advertising campaign supporting Barrett.

Like Mr Trump's two other appointees, Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Justice Kavanaugh, Judge Barrett is young enough that she could serve for decades - as federal judges have life tenure - shifting the United States to the right on key issues.

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Although she has not yet ruled directly on abortion, Barrett twice signaled opposition to rulings that struck down Republican-backed IN abortion-related restrictions - one IN 2018 requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated after an abortion, the other IN 2019 involving parental notification for minors seeking an abortion - voting to have those decisions reconsidered.

Demand Justice, a group that will be active in opposing Barrett's nomination, tweeted after Trump's announcement that its members believe Barrett could "strip millions of Americans of their reproductive freedom and health protections" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Justice Ginsburg, who Judge Barrett would replace, was a staunch defender of abortion rights during her 27 years on the Supreme Court bench. Although they have different judicial philosophies, Barrett praised Ginsburg as a trailblazer for women and for her friendship with Scalia, saying, "She has won the admiration of women across the country and indeed all across the world". After graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, she received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School, where she is now a professor. The idea of overturning or gutting Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion, has animated activists in both parties for decades.

Trump has also increasingly embraced the high court - on which he will have had an outsize hand in reshaping -- as an insurance policy in a close election. Trump has been open about tying his push to name a third justice to the court to a potentially drawn-out court fight to determine who will be sworn in on January 20, 2021.

"I don't think any senator should be voting on a Supreme Court nominee".

Conservative groups welcome the choice.

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