A week after the death of Justice icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump has apparently found a successor. It’s quite to the taste of the extreme conservatives.
There is growing evidence of the appointment of Conservative attorney Amy Coney Barrett as successor to the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the US Supreme Court. President Donald Trump is planning to nominate Barrett as a candidate on Saturday, TV stations CNN and CBS as well as the “New York Times” reported. They referred to people who are familiar with the selection process. Trump had announced that he would nominate a woman for the office, and there are several candidates on his list.
Trump only confirmed on Friday that he had committed to a candidate. When asked by reporters if he would nominate Barrett, Trump said, “I didn’t say that.” He has already made his choice and called Barrett “excellent”. However, the sources did not rule out the possibility that the president could change his mind at the last minute. Trump wants to announce the nomination Saturday afternoon (11 p.m. CEST).
Justice career alone ‘means an end’
Barrett, 48, had already shortlisted Trump when he held the previous position at the Supreme Court in 2018. The Catholic is seen as a clear opponent of abortion, in conservative circles and on the religious right, Barrett is sometimes revered as a heroine. The mother of seven, who has two adopted children from Haiti and a son with Down syndrome, is a stern anti-abortionist.
Amy Coney Barrett: For her, the lawyer career is just “a means to an end.” (Source: Matt Cashore / Notre Dame University / Reuters)
Her religious views have always been a stumbling block. During her time as a law professor at the renowned private Catholic university of Notre Dame, she once said in a lecture that a career in justice is always just a “means to an end” – and the goal is “to bring about the kingdom. of God “. Critics hold this sentence against her to this day.
However, during the session in the Senate for her current position as a judge at an appeals court in 2017, she assured her that she would be guided only by the law and not by her faith. She is believed to be in favor of the legal theory that the US Constitution should be interpreted according to its original meaning and not reinterpreted.
Barrett is appreciated for her polished legal arguments, but she has little experience as a judge. Her 2017 appeal to the Chicago Federal Court of Appeals landed her her first court job.
Your position on the right to abortion – one of the most controversial issues in the US – is not the only point to raise criticism of the barricades. It has also campaigned for the right to possess guns and has taken action against the health care reform known as “Obamacare” by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.
Trump wants to fill posts before the election
The US Supreme Court often has the final say on policy issues related to issues such as abortion, immigration, gun rights and discrimination. Judges are appointed for life. Of the nine seats on the Supreme Court, only three will be held by clearly liberal judges after her death. With Trump’s candidate, the Conservatives would have a majority of six votes. That could shape the US in the long run.
Trump also said he wanted to keep the Supreme Court fully occupied, also in view of possible disputes over the outcome of the presidential election. The president has been claiming for weeks that placing ballots dramatically increases the risk of electoral fraud. Experts and officials for elections deny this. Meanwhile, during the Corona crisis, many more US citizens than usual are voting by mail.
Supreme Court judges are nominated by the president and ratified by the Senate. Republicans hold a majority of 53 of the 100 seats in the Chamber. Trump aims to fill Ginsburg’s post ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. So far, only two Republican senators have spoken out against such a quick decision. On the other hand, Democrats are demanding that the winner of the presidential election decide who will succeed Ginsburg.
Obama failed his election in the election year
Another contributing factor to the controversy over Ginsburg’s successor was the fact that in 2016 Senate Republicans blocked a candidate of then-President Barack Obama from succeeding the late Judge Antonin Scalia. Majority leader Mitch McConnell stated at the time, among other things, that the Senate should not hold positions at the Supreme Court in an election year. Now he has rescinded that rule, arguing that this time the White House and Senate are in the hands of one party.
Ginsburg died of complications from cancer last Friday. The 87-year-old was a liberal icon in America.