Donald Trump has officially selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the US Supreme Court to fill the seat left vacant following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Trump vowed last week that he would nominate a woman for the vacancy within a week, saying he had an “obligation” to act without delay. The president made the announcement with Barrett at his side in a Rose Garden ceremony on Saturday.
He praised her legal background, saying she is “eminently qualified for the job.” Barrett will decide cases “based on the text of the constitution, as written.”
Taking to the podium after Trump, Barrett said she was “truly humbled” by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court. She also paid tribute to the late Justice Ginsburg.
Barrett, 48, currently serves on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. If confirmed, she’ll be the only Supreme Court justice who didn’t attend Harvard or Yale University.
Barrett will also be the first who didn’t get an Ivy League law degree since the late John Paul Stevens was nominated in 1975. Barrett, a New Orleans native, attended Notre Dame University, where she graduated first in her class in 1997.
Her Catholic faith was questioned by Democrat Senators when Barrett was appointed by Trump to the 7th US Circuit Court in 2017. Senator Dianne Feinstein questioned would have unbiased legal opinions, given that “the dogma lives loudly within you.” Senator Dick Durbin asked Barrett whether she considers herself an “orthodox Catholic.”
In his Saturday comments, Trump said Barrett’s qualifications were beyond reproach, noting that she was confirmed to the appellate court bench in a bipartisan vote in 2017. “This should be a straightforward and prompt confirmation,” he said, prompting some laughs from the audience.
Trump’s decision to move swiftly to fill Ginsburg’s seat has enraged Democrats, particularly given that the late judge’s granddaughter Clara Spera revealed that it had been her “most fervent wish” that she would not be replaced “until a new president is installed.”
It appears attacking the political positions and Catholic faith of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett isn’t enough for some Democrat activists, who have taken to making wild accusations about her adopted kids instead.
Democratic activist John Lee Brougher, managing director of billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen America super PAC, said Friday that as an adoptee, he personally needs to “know more” about how Barrett adopted and treated her two children from Haiti?
Brougher, who is originally from South Korea, didn’t specify what he’d seen about Barrett’s parenting that was “deeply concerning.” He went into social media hiding after his disparagement of Barrett drew backlash, blocking public access to his Twitter account.
Also in hiding on Twitter and Facebook was Democrat campaign consultant Dana Houle, who speculated that Barrett and her husband may not have legally adopted their two children from Haiti.
As in the case of Brougher’s tweets, there appeared to be no underlying basis for Houle’s broadside attack, including the implication that the Barretts stole their children in “sketchy” adoptions.
He also tripped over the Democrat talking point on abortion, which says that Republicans only care about babies before they are born, by tweeting that there are far more couples seeking to adopt than there are children in need of adoption.
Mrs Barrett has been a long-time judge and teacher, who also has five biological children, became a target for such attacks as speculation mounted that President Donald Trump would nominate her to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a US Supreme Court justice, which he did at the White House on Saturday. She currently serves on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Barrett’s Catholic faith became a point to attack by Democratic senators when Barrett was appointed by Trump to the 7th US Circuit Court in 2017. Barrett may probably serve as Trump’s SCOTUS back up plan?
Senator Dianne Feinstein questioned whether she would have unbiased legal opinions, given that “the dogma lives loudly within you.” Senator Dick Durbin asked Barrett whether she considers herself an “orthodox Catholic.”
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.