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Amy Coney Barrett is CONFIRMED by the Senate in the Supreme Court


Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in by Clarence Thomas as the Supreme Court Justice on the White House lawn in front of Donald Trump on Monday night – an hour after a split Senate voted for her endorsement.

Coney Barrett was upheld in the Supreme Court by 52-48 votes – Republican Susan Collins crossed the aisle to vote against her. Your confirmation immediately makes the court solidly conservative by a 6-3 majority.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue at 9 p.m. and in the face of a pandemic hitting a new record high of cases, Trump made South Lawn the venue for a celebration of Coney Barrett's swearing-in ceremony.

Trump praised Coney Barrett's "outstanding intellect" and "impeccable credentials" as he spoke with the new justice on his right and Thomas on his left.

After swearing her in at Coney Barrett, Thomas thanked the senators who voted for her and said, "I promise you and the American people that I will do my best to do my best."

And in recognition of her highly controversial endorsement process and focus on her conservative Catholic beliefs and openly advocating pro-life beliefs throughout her academic career.

"I will do my job without fear or favor, regardless of political branch and my personal preferences."

Standing in front of Coney Barrett and Trump on the South Lawn were Coney Barrett's husband Jesse, first lady Melania Trump, and some of the Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee including Ted Ctruz, as well as White House aides.

The event took place in the dark, but inevitably repeated the reveal of Coney Barrett by the superspreader in the rose garden exactly a month ago, when former New Jersey governor Chris Christie was left in intensive care and Trump and Melania quickly received COVID.

This time, however, and for the first time in the White House, the chairs were spread apart and many of the guests wore masks.

Not in attendance were Mike Pence, the Vice President who continued to fight for Trump despite five of his staff including his closest associate who tested positive for COVID, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had not been to the White House since August Worry it's unsafe.

Moment in the story: Amy Coney Barrett, her hand on a Bible by her husband Jesse, is sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving judiciary

Lit up in celebration: The White House was wrapped in giant flags for the swearing-in of Amy Coney Barrett (left) by Clarence Thomas (right).

Enlightened in celebration: The White House was wrapped in giant flags for the swearing-in of Amy Coney Barrett (left) by Clarence Thomas (right).

First words as justice: Amy Coney Barrett takes the oath of office as Donald Trump saves the confirmation of the third justice of his presidency

First Words as Justice: Amy Coney Barrett takes the oath of office as Donald Trump saves the confirmation of the third justice of his presidency

Applause: Donald Trump brought Amy Coney Barrett to the balcony of the Blue Room after vowing to have a round of applause

Applause: Donald Trump brought Amy Coney Barrett to the balcony of the Blue Room after vowing to have a round of applause

Families together - and exposed: Donald and Melania Trump posed with Amy Coney Barrett and Jesse Barrett on the balcony of the Blue Room of the White House after she was sworn in as the ninth Supreme Court judge

Families together – and exposed: Donald and Melania Trump posed with Amy Coney Barrett and Jesse Barrett on the balcony of the Blue Room of the White House after she was sworn in as the ninth Supreme Court judge

Confirmed: Amy Coney Barrett smiles as Donald Trump praises her for giving the Supreme Court a Conservative majority of 6-3 just before being sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas

Confirmed: Amy Coney Barrett smiles as Donald Trump praises her for giving the Supreme Court a Conservative majority of 6-3 right before she is sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas

Joy: Donald Trump smiled as he celebrated winning his third Supreme Court Justice as a crowd applauded on the South Lawn

Joy: Donald Trump smiled as he celebrated winning his third Supreme Court Justice as a crowd applauded on the South Lawn

South Lawn Event: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (standing) was seen in a mask when the White House first enforced social distancing and required a mask to wear for Amy Coney Barrett to swear in

South Lawn Event: White House Chief of Staff (standing) Mark Meadows was seen in a mask when the White House first enforced social distancing, demanding a mask worn by Amy Coney Barrett to swear in

Praise for Clarence Thomas: Donald Trump thanked the bank's longest-serving - and most conservative - for his service before the 72-year-old took the oath

Praise for Clarence Thomas: Donald Trump thanked the longest serving – and most conservative – of the bank for his service before the 72-year-old took the oath

Spouses together: Jesse Barrett, Amy Coney Barrett's husband, left the White House with First Lady Melania Trump, none of them in masks

Spouses together: Jesse Barrett, Amy Coney Barrett's husband, left the White House with First Lady Melania Trump, none of them in masks

En route to history: Amy Coney Barrett steps onto a hastily erected podium on the South Lawn of the White House, followed by Donald Trump and Clarence Thomas

En route to history: Amy Coney Barrett steps into a hastily erected podium on the South Lawn of the White House, followed by Donald Trump and Clarence Thomas

Trump's third candidate was not in the chamber to watch the roll-call vote, which will allow her to join the eight judges on Tuesday morning and potentially settle cases on the vote ahead of the November 3 election.

Temporary Senate President Chuck Grassley gave her endorsement at 8:06 p.m. to applaud Republicans. In the Supreme Court, Conservatives sang Coney Barrett's name as soon as it was confirmed.

Their affirmation turns the court into a 6-3 Conservative majority, following fierce opposition from Democrats, whose presidential candidate Joe Biden has resisted pressure to promise to grab the court if he wins – but who says he'll get one Commission to reform the high will order court.

Before the final vote, she was lauded by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said, “In every way, the Supreme Court is getting not just a great lawyer, but a fantastic person.

"This is one of the most brilliant, admired, and well-qualified nominees in our lives," he said.

It will be the only judiciary certified with a law degree from a school other than Harvard or Yale.

The newest Justice: Amy Coney Barrett, 48, was ratified by the Senate 52-48 Monday night and is ready to join the other judges Tuesday morning

I did it: Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate with a thumbs up to successfully take Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

I did it: Mitch McConnell exits the Senate with a thumbs up to successfully take Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Three for three: Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has now taken Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court – each under controversial circumstances

Objection: Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer said Republicans had tarnished themselves with the rush to put Barrett in the seat rather than letting voters choose the next president and allowing them to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg to nominate

Objection: Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer said Republicans had tarnished themselves with the rush to put Barrett in the seat instead of letting voters choose the next president and allowing them to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg to nominate

Controversial: Supporters and opponents of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation rallied outside the Supreme Court when the Senate voted to try her before the Supreme Court

Controversial: Supporters and opponents of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation rallied outside the Supreme Court when the Senate voted to try her before the Supreme Court

McConnell added, in recognition of the controversy over the occupation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat days before the election and despite her dying wish, "I think we can all acknowledge that both sides in the Senate have some sort of parallel oral tradition about the last 30 or." 30 have so years.

"Each side feels that the other side hit first and worse."

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, however, despised the process in which Coney Barrett was confirmed on the eve of an election when McConnell even suspended a hearing for Merrick Garland, Barack Obama's candidate in 2016.

& # 39; You can win this vote. And Amy Coney Barrett could become the next Supreme Court Associate Justice. But you will never get your credibility back, ”he told the Senate Republicans.

Democrats had made the nomination the focus of their trial against them ahead of an election, highlighting their conservative decisions while a federal appeals judge judged them.

They had also warned that they oppose Obamacare, Roe v. Wade could topple, enshrining women's suffrage and jeopardize gun ownership restrictions, but McConnell's express train failed to stop to occupy the seat ahead of the election.

The 48-year-old will become the youngest member of the court and almost certainly one of the most conservative.

But since Collins – whose re-election in Maine is already in danger next week, according to polls – is voting against Coney Barrett, she is the only one of Trump's nominees who does not have at least one Democratic vote and the only one with a Republican to vote against her.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows wanted to reassure reporters Monday that the White House ceremony would include safety precautions – which were the first to exist.

"We're doing our best tonight to encourage as much social distance as possible," he said.

Ready to Celebrate: The South Lawn at the White House is gearing up for a mass confirmation party of Amy Coney Barrett

Ready to Celebrate: The South Lawn at the White House is gearing up for a mass confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett's party

Three seats: Donald Trump got his third candidate confirmed within just eight days of the election - and Amy Coney Barrett could well be involved in deciding the outcome

Three seats: Donald Trump got his third candidate confirmed within just eight days of the election – and Amy Coney Barrett could well be involved in deciding the outcome

Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, 72, will swear to Amy Coney Barrett in a ceremony at the White House in front of the Supreme Court once she is confirmed in the Senate vote on Monday night

The White House is planning a rose garden celebration for their endorsement, similar to the "superspreader" event announced last month at which Barrett's nomination was announced that sparked a coronavirus outbreak in the White House - that of the President, First Lady and her son as well as several top helpers and infected lawmakers

The White House is planning a rose garden of their endorsement, similar to the "Superspreader" event announced last month at which Barrett's nomination was announced, which sparked a coronavirus outbreak in the White House – which will affect the President, First Lady and her son as well several top aids and infected lawmakers

The plans had set off alarm bells as it sounds eerily similar to last month's Rose Garden event when Trump announced Barrett's nomination and invited a slew of aides, advisers, lawmakers and supporters to witness the occasion.

This event sparked a COVID-19 outbreak in the White House that infected the President, First Lady Melania and her son Barron, as well as about a dozen others in Trump's inner circle.

On Sunday, the Senate held a procedural vote to advance Barrett's nomination and launched a 30-hour debate that will pave the way for a vote on Monday evening.

"That's something to be really proud of and feel good about," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a rare weekend meeting.

McConnell praised that the Democrats "can't do much about it in the long run," as opposed to legislative action, which can be reversed with new executive or legislative provisions.

Barrett, a 48-year-old 7th Circuit Appellate Judge, is a staunch Roman Catholic lifelong Conservative. Her personal views on life have raised the eyebrows of progressives who claim they will nullify a woman's right to abortion by working to make Roe v. Overturning calf.

She is a member of People of Praise, a small and ultra-conservative charismatic group whose members speak in tongues.

Republicans had painted questions about their beliefs as an attack on Catholics in general, and Democrats had stayed away from the group in asking them questions.

Her lifelong appointment to the US Supreme Court will also drastically change the composition of the Supreme Court for a generation to come.

The mother of seven – five biological and two adopted from Haiti – has accepted her classification as "female Antonin Scalia" and says that his legal practice of "applying the law as it is written" will be like her serves.

During the three days of confirmation hearings earlier this month, including one day of opening speech and two days of questioning, Barrett reiterated her stance as a textualist and originalist, stressing that she would apply the Constitution to cases as they were written and intended to be Author.

In the short term, Barrett could help decide on election and voting issues, as the vote on their confirmation comes a little over a week before election day.

Donald Trump has made it clear that he believes the election results could end up in the Supreme Court – and with a Conservative majority of 6-3 on Barrett, it's more likely that they would rule in favor of the President.

Also about a week after the election, the Supreme Court will pick up an affordable care bill case that Democrats fear will be overturned if Barrett has anything to say.

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Amy Coney Barrett, 48, a mother of seven and brilliant legal mind – has now been the most controversial Supreme Court judge for at least a generation and maybe much longer.

It brings a short, longer academic career to the Supreme Court and the hope of a conservative right-wing movement that they will have a secure 6-3 majority in the Supreme Court for the time being, and an unwavering vote on it for many decades.

Coney Barrett's life story makes her the sixth Catholic in the yard, keeps the make-up of six or three men and women on the bench, and for the first time puts someone in the yard who openly identifies with the charismatic wing of modern Christianity.

She's also the only one not educated at Harvard or Yale, and the only judiciary in the Midwest and South who was born and raised in Louisiana and spent the rest of her life in Indiana.

Barrett grew up in Metairie, Louisiana, as a member of the charismatic, conservative, Catholic group People of Praise and as one of seven children.

Her father, Mike Coney, a former oil company attorney, has been a senior member for decades. Her lawyer husband Jesse, 46, whom she met while studying at Notre Dame University, also grew up in the group.

She had been studying for her undergraduate degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and was considering further study of English literature. Instead, she chose to study law and went to Notre Dame, whose law school has built a reputation for being overwhelmingly conservative.

Family photo of Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse Barrett, and their seven children Emma; Vivian; Tess; John Peter; Liam; Julia; and Benjamin. Her large family was part of her appeal to conservatives. Vivian and John Peter are adopted from Haiti and their youngest son Benjamin has Down syndrome

Family photo of Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse Barrett, and their seven children Emma; Vivian; Tess; John Peter; Liam; Julia; and Benjamin. Her large family was part of her appeal to conservatives. Vivian and John Peter are adopted from Haiti and their youngest son Benjamin has Down syndrome

Judge Amy Coney Barrett presented her family for confirmation at her hearing, including their children (from left, first row) Liam, Vivian, Tess, Julia, Emma, ​​JP and husband Jesse, and siblings (from left, second row) ) Vivian, Eileen, Michael, Megan and Amanda. Nurse Carrie sat across the hall

Judge Amy Coney Barrett presented her family for confirmation at her hearing, including their children (from left, first row) Liam, Vivian, Tess, Julia, Emma, ​​JP and husband Jesse, and siblings (from left, second row) ) Vivian, Eileen, Michael, Megan, and Amanda. Nurse Carrie sat across the hall

Amy Coney Barrett can be seen in a family photo with siblings and parents. In 2018, Barrett's father, Mike Coney, wrote an online biography about himself on his church's website, saying he joined People of Praise because he and his wife, Linda, had a reputation for living in a close Christian community ... one that would help shape our children into good Christians and strengthen our marriage and family & # 39;

Amy Coney Barrett can be seen in a family photo with siblings and parents. In 2018, Barrett's father, Mike Coney, wrote an online biography about himself on his church's website, saying he joined People of Praise because he and his wife, Linda, had a reputation for living in a close Christian community … one that would help shape our children into good Christians and strengthen our marriage and family & # 39;

Family photo of Amy Coney Barrett, husband Jesse Barrett and their seven children. She and her husband Jesse

Family photo of Amy Coney Barrett, husband Jesse Barrett and their seven children. She and her husband Jesse

Described by a professor as the best student he ever had, she was an employee of Antonin Scalia, the judiciary that advocated originalism as the philosophy of law.

She had a brief career in private practice but became a law professor at Notre Dame, married, and had seven children.

The visible manifestation of their conservative Catholic faith was part of their appeal to the political conservatives.

But it has also drawn attention to the tiny group, which has a little over 2,000 members and does not represent mainstream Catholicism.

People of Praise is headquartered in Notre Dame & # 39; s hometown of South Bend, Indiana, and many of its senior members are affiliated with the university. According to its website, the group has offices in 14 states plus one in Canada and two in the Caribbean. It operates three Trinity Schools from grades 7 to 12 and one elementary school.

Both the South Bend resident and People of Praise appear to have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide their affiliations. Articles mentioning her were removed from the group's website just before it was due to be considered for a seat on the federal appeals court in 2017.

Barrett's connections with the People of Praise only became public when the New York Times The story broke three weeks after her confirmation hearing on the appeals court, but before the committee had voted. The committee eventually split along party lines to confirm it. Three Democrats voted with a Republican majority in the entire Senate vote.

People of Praise is strongly against abortion. It also rejects homosexuality. "Both are accepted by human rights but rejected by divine law," said the former member.

“Homosexual relationships are taboo and all LGBTQ tendencies are viewed as temptations that must be overcome through prayer. If this fails, the member must lead a life of chastity. & # 39;

Even dating is a no-no until a member has "prayed through their state of life" and decided that they are ready to "marry for the Lord". If they have not committed to marriage, they are not allowed to date.

Barrett completed her law degree from Notre Dame and received her first degree in her class in 1997. She imagined speaking at Notre Dame Law School in 2018

Barrett completed her law degree from Notre Dame and received her first degree in her class in 1997. She imagined speaking at Notre Dame Law School in 2018

Barrett and her husband Jesse are members of People of Praise, a small group that teaches that women must obey their husbands in everything

Barrett and her husband, Jesse, are members of People of Praise, a small group that teaches that women must obey their husbands in everything

The group is probably best known for their doctrine that women must obey their husbands in everything, and for their system of all men and single women reporting to their mentor – called the "head". Husbands act as the "head" for their wives.

The “heads” are such an influence that they give instructions on who to date or even marry a member, how to raise children, whether to get a new job, and where to live.

Until recently, the female leader was known as the "maid". However, that title was dropped for the title following the success of the dystopian TV show The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale and the negative connotations that came with it.

Author Margaret Atwood, who wrote the original novel, said it was based on a group that shares views with People of Praise.

The conservative Catholic faith has flowed into her public life: she is a former member of the "Faculty of Life" of Notre Dame and in 2015 signed a letter to the Catholic Church affirming the "teachings of the church as truth".

These teachings included the "value of human life from conception to natural death" and the values ​​of marriage and the family based on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman.

She previously wrote that Supreme Court precedents are not sacrosanct. The Liberals have viewed these comments as a threat to Roe v. Wade of 1973, which legalized abortion nationwide.

Barrett wrote that she "agrees with those who say that there is a judicial duty to the Constitution and that it is therefore more legitimate for them to enforce their best understanding of the Constitution than a precedent which they clearly see in conflict with it" .

What she said is the distillation of originalism and increases the possibility that she might tear precedents apart if she sees it as inconsistent with the original constitution.

Das bringt sie in Einklang mit Scalia und den republikanischen Senatoren, die für sie gestimmt haben und erwarten, dass sie in den kommenden Jahrzehnten im Einklang damit regiert. es bringt sie heftig in Konflikt mit denen, die nicht einverstanden sind, und bringt sie auf den Weg, eine Gerechtigkeit zu sein, deren Anwesenheit auf der Bank die Meinung spalten wird, solange sie darauf bleibt.

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