Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been selected as President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination ahead of the November election.
If she’s confirmed, Barrett will be the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court and the youngest member of the current court at 48. She will also make the Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative majority.
“Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me,” Barrett said. “The flag of the United States is still flying at half-staff in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to mark the end of a great American life.”
“Justice Ginsburg began her career at a time when women were not welcome in the legal profession,” Barrett added. “But she not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them.”
In 2017, Barrett had been appointed by Trump to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Indiana and confirmed in the Senate. She had previously worked in private practice and taught for 15 years at the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned her law degree.
"Justice should not turn on what judge you get, it should turn on what the law requires." – Judge Amy Coney Barrett
— America First Policies (@AmericaFirstPol) September 27, 2020
During the White House event, Barrett also talked about her relationship to late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“[Scalia’s] judicial philosophy is mine, too: a judge must apply the law as written,” she said. “Judges are not policymakers and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”
Senator Lindsey Graham recently said that there are enough Republican votes to confirm Barrett before the Nov. 3 election. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Graham said that the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh changed his perception of the judicial-confirmation process and he told Fox News that Democrats won’t intimidate him during the current confirmation process.
“We’re going to move forward in the committee,” he said, “we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election.”
Barrett’s experience and record as a judge speak for themselves. If nominated, she will undoubtedly lead with honor and help bring conservative values to the Supreme Court.