President Donald Trump appointed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, completing a dramatic federal judicial transformation that will resonate with a generation that he hopes will fuel its re-election efforts.
Barrett, a judge on the U.S. 7th Court of Appeals in Chicago and a devout Roman Catholic judge, has been hailed by religious conservatives and other right-wingers as the ideological heir of the conservative, staunch Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court she serves .
Barrett said she was "really humiliated" by the nomination and was quick to join Scalia's conservative handling of the law. His "legal philosophy also belongs to me".
President Donald Trump attends a press conference with Judge Amy Coney Barrett to announce Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday
Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his candidate for the Supreme Court
Barrett has been a judge since 2017 when Trump nominated her to the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago
I was fortunate enough to work for Justice Scalia. And given his incalculable impact on my life, I am very moved to have members of the Scalia family here today, including his dear wife Maureen. I worked for Justice Scalia more than 20 years ago, but the lessons I learned still resonate, ”Barrett said.
“His legal philosophy also belongs to me. A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policy makers and they need to be determined to override their political views, ”she added.
Her praise for Scalia is sure to rally conservatives and angry liberals as the Senate prepares for a fierce election campaign to confirm the election year.
Scalia was nominated under President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and was the most influential Conservative in the Supreme Court.
He had been a strong opponent of gay rights, positive action and abortion rights. He believed that the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, who protects a woman's right to abortion, was ruled wrong.
Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated to the Supreme Court on Saturday night, was once an employee of the Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, and she was soon able to improve the court's balance on Obamacare, gun rights, immigration, and abortion
Scalia is pictured with his wife Maureen in 2012. Maureen was in the audience watching Barrett get nominated for the Supreme Court
Barrett had been a leading candidate for the nomination after being considered for the seat of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed in 2018 and the 7th appellate judge to meet Trump this week.
For Trump, whose 2016 victory depended in large part on the reluctant support of white evangelicals in promising to fill Scalia's seat with a Conservative, the latest nomination in some ways closes the circle of his first term.
"Today it is my honor to nominate one of the most brilliant and gifted legal figures in our nation to the Supreme Court," said Trump, making his nomination official when Barrett stood by his side. "She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, superior intellect, excellent credentials, and unrelenting loyalty to the Constitution: Judge Amy Coney Barrett."
Barrett called the ceremony "a pretty daunting occasion" and "momentous decision" for a president.
"If the Senate gives me the honor of sustaining myself, I undertake to exercise my responsibility: I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution."
"I am really humble at the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court," she added.
Barrett once spoke directly to the American people: "The President has appointed me to the Supreme Court of the United States and this institution belongs to all of us."
"I would take on this role to serve you," she promised.
Conservatives have announced the election of Barrett as heir to Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February 2016. He is pictured here in 2010
Antonin Scalia's son, Father Paul Scalia, left, and his mother, Maureen Scalia, arrive in the rose garden before President Donald Trump introduces Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, of the 7th Circuit Court as his candidate in court
Barrett recognized the woman whose seat in the square she filled. Ruth Bader Ginsberg called her "a woman of enormous talent and consistency", although she is the ideological opposite of Ginsburg, who sat on the bench for 27 years.
“If I am confirmed, I will be aware of who came before me. Not only did she break glass ceilings, she smashed them, and for that she won the admiration of women across the country, ”Barrett said of Ginsburg.
I was especially moved by her long and deep friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia, my own mentor. Judges Scalia and Ginsburg disagreed on the pressure without personal grudge, ”remarked Barrett.
Barrett recognized the woman whose seat in the square she filled. Ruth Bader Ginsberg called her "a woman of enormous talent and consistency", although she is the ideological opposite of Ginsburg
“Their ability to maintain warm and rich friendship despite their differences even inspired an opera. These two great Americans have shown that arguments, even on matters of great importance, need not destroy affection. & # 39;
Barrett entered the rose garden in lockstep with the President, with her seven children and her husband and first lady Melania Trump not far behind.
& # 39; This should be a simple and quick confirmation. It should be very easy, "Trump said with a laugh, and added," Good luck. It's going to be very quick … We said that last time, didn't we? & # 39; a reference to the 2018 Kavanaugh Fight.
"I also urge all members of the other side of the aisle to give Judge Barrett the respectful and dignified hearing they deserve and, frankly, our county deserves," Trump said.
Trump also spoke about the Scalia connection in his speech in the rose garden, noting how a Notre Dame professor recommended Barrett to the late judiciary as a clerk: "Amy Coney is the best student I've ever had."
Maureen Scalia, Scalia's widow, was in the audience on Saturday, as was Trump's Labor Minister Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Justice. "Very good genes in the family, I'll say," commented Trump.
President Donald Trump (left) officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) at the White House on Saturday
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for pictures with Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse and their seven children
Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) walks through the colonnade with President Donald Trump (left) and First Lady Melania Trump (center).
President Donald Trump (left) and First Lady Melania Trump (center) walk down the colonnade before appointing Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) to the Supreme Court on Saturday
Judge Amy Coney Barrett stands in the rose garden of the White House when President Donald Trump officially appoints her to the Supreme Court
The President was accompanied to the ceremony by First Lady Melania Trump, while Amy Coney Barrett brought her children
President Donald Trump (left) walked in lockstep with Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) to the Rose Garden ceremony, where she was officially nominated for the Supreme Court on Saturday
Amy Coney Barrett's children followed her to the rose garden when she was officially appointed to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump
Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks to a crowd in the White House rose garden Saturday after she was nominated for the Supreme Court
Judge Amy Coney Barrett made brief remarks after she was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump
Amy Coney Barrett's children sat in the front row next to First Lady Melania Trump (left) at the ceremony
A number of U.S. Senators and administrative officials were in the White House audience who did not practice social distancing and where many attendees chose not to wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic
Judge Amy Coney Barrett smiles as she is nominated for the Supreme Court on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, giving President Donald Trump the opportunity to occupy a third seat on the Supreme Court during his first term
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is captured leaving her home in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday ahead of the Supreme Court announcement of President Donald Trump
Judge Amy Coney Barrett (second from right) is photographed leaving her Indiana home on Saturday, followed by husband Jesse Barrett (right) and sons (from left) Benjamin, John Peter and Liam
Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds her daughter Juliet's hand as son John runs after Peter. Barrett is a mother of seven
Amy Coney Barrett brought three of her daughters to her September 2017 confirmation hearings in September 2017
He called on the Democrats and the media not to engage in "personal or partisan attacks" by his new candidate.
"The stakes for our country are incredibly high," said Trump. "Decisions that the Supreme Court will make in the coming years will determine the survival of our second amendment, our freedom of religion, our public safety and much more."
In his short speech he addressed the issue of law and order in his own campaign.
"Law and order are the foundation of the American judicial system," said Trump. "I am extremely confident that Judge Barrett will make decisions based solely on fair reading of the law."
The president played Barrett's testimonials as a working mother.
"If this is confirmed, Justice Barrett will make history as the first mother of school-age children to ever serve on the Supreme Court," Trump said to cheers and applause.
Speaking to her seven children, the president added, "Thank you for sharing your incredible mother with our country."
"The president asked me to be the ninth justice and it just so happens that I am used to being in a group of nine – my family," remarked Barrett in the rose garden.
The 48-year-old native of New Orleans attended Rhodes College and received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School, where she later taught. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.
Attorney General Bill Barr (right) attended the rose garden ceremony on Saturday, as did former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (left).
Former White House official Kellyanne Conway (right) speaks to Attorney General Bill Barr (left) after President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court
Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia (right), the son of the late Attorney General Antonin Scalia, for whom Amy Comey Barrett worked, is faced with fist blows at the nomination ceremony at the White House on Saturday, followed by Alex Azar (center), Secretary for Health and Human Services.
White House staff are preparing the rose garden for President Donald Trump's 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Announcement of a new Supreme Court
If her nomination is successful, it will give the Supreme Court a hard jolt to the right as she will replace the court's most liberal member, the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on September 18.
Both Barrett and Trump paid homage to Ginsburg during their remarks.
Trump called the liberal Ginsburg a "true American legend", a "legal giant" and a "pioneer for women".
Liberals fear Barrett could deprive women of legal abortions as the landmark Roe v. Wade in 1973 revolved around a right to privacy that is not expressly stated in the US Constitution.
Barrett would also replace a Jewish member of the court with a devout Catholic and increase the number of Catholics on the bank to six.
There are a total of nine judges on the Supreme Court.
Barrett's beliefs will likely play a role in their upcoming judicial committee hearings.
She is a member of the People of Praise, a small Catholic group that teaches that husbands are the heads of families.
It has been falsely reported that the group was the inspiration for Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale," which is a popular television show today, as the term "Handmaid" was used to describe a member's personal advisor when this advisor was female.
Members of the group also swear an oath of allegiance, which some legal scholars have found problematic because it raises questions about the impartiality and independence of a judge.
During her 2017 confirmation hearings for a seat on the 7th Circuit in Chicago, Barrett testified that while she was a devout Catholic, those views would not be used in her bench decisions.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Justice Committee, told Barrett, "The dogma lives out loud within you."
Conservatives, including Senator Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican who has since left the Senate, have beaten the Democrats for conducting a "religious test".
The New York Times did not report their membership of the People of Praise until after the hearings were over, but before the vote.
Democrats are likely to bring it up during the upcoming hearings.
Barrett was seen leaving her home in South Bend, Indiana with her children the previous Saturday.
Among Barrett's children, she has five biological and two adopted from Haiti. She brought her eldest three daughters Emma, Vivian, and Tess with her when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017.
Vivian and Tess the same age as Vivian is one of the children adopted from Haiti.
Barrett also spoke about how their youngest son Benjamin has special needs.
Republicans have the Senate vote to confirm Barrett in the Supreme Court ahead of the November 3rd presidential election.
While Republican Senator Susan Collins, facing a tough re-election campaign, and Senator Lisa Murkowski both said they didn't think the Senate should vote on Trump's candidates before the election, several other swing votes said they – the Presidents would give the numbers he needs.
Democrats have called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a hypocrite for refusing to hold a Senate vote on President Barack Obama's final Supreme Court candidate, Merrick Garland, who was chosen to be Scalia's seat in March 2016 to occupy.
McConnell said it was too close to the 2016 presidential election and should be given the opportunity for the American people to weigh up.
This was confirmed by Justice Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham, who said he would not push a candidate in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, suggesting that a new precedent has been set.
However, Graham reversed course, pointing out the 2018 brutal fight to get Kavanaugh onto the pitch.
Kavanaugh was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her as a teenager.
Graham fiercely defended Kavanaugh during the hearings.
Kavanaugh still made it to the Supreme Court by 50-48 votes.
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