It’s a huge political success for US President Donald Trump – and could shape the US for decades: The Conservative attorney Amy Coney Barrett moves to the Supreme Court.
Conservative attorney Amy Coney Barrett goes to the US Supreme Court. The Senate in Washington confirmed the candidate for US President Donald Trump on Monday evening (local time). The decision was made with the votes of 52 Republican members of the Senate, 47 Democrats and one Republican voted against.
With Barrett’s confirmation, US President Donald Trump achieved controversial political success about a week before the election. With Barrett, the Conservatives on the Supreme Court get a dominant majority of six out of nine seats. That could affect the development of American society for decades. Judges are appointed for life and the Supreme Court often has the final say on controversial matters – including abortion rights, health care and immigration policy. Before the Nov. 3 election, Trump could score points with right-wing voters, for whom conservative constitutional judges are a core concern.
In a rare Sunday rally, Republican senators won a procedural vote 51-48 last weekend. This paved the way for the final vote on Monday evening. Trump’s Republicans make up 53 of the 100 senators in the Senate. A confirmation from Barrett was therefore considered almost certain.
Democrats tried to prevent Barrett’s occupation
Trump had nominated 48-year-old Barrett to the Supreme Court in September after the death of left-liberal constitutional judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This caused outrage among the opposition Democrats: they unsuccessfully called on the president not to fill the post so shortly before the election. The opposition party argued that the election winner should have the right to appoint a new constitutional judge.
The Democrats were ultimately powerless against the conservative majority of the Senate. You are therefore trying to mobilize voters with the controversial personality before the presidential and congressional elections. They warn that the conservative-dominated Supreme Court could reverse the health care reform of Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, which gave 20 million people access to health insurance. The right to abortion is also at risk.
Barrett, highly respected in conservative and religious circles, declined to take a position on controversial issues such as the health system, abortion laws and same-sex marriage at the court hearings two weeks ago. She also declined to promise to declare herself biased if Trump went to the Supreme Court in the event of a possible election defeat.
Conservative Supreme Court majority – an advantage for Trump in the election
The incumbent has been behind his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in polls for months. Trump, who regularly denounces alleged electoral fraud without any evidence, has already made it clear that he would contest a possible removal by legal means. As with the 2000 presidential election, the outcome of the Supreme Court elections could end. A clear conservative majority in the Supreme Court gives Trump an advantage.
Before Barrett, Trump had appointed two conservative lawyers as constitutional judges since taking office: Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. Because the Supreme Court often has the final say on major disputes, the political orientation of the court is critical.