Reactions are pouring in about Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee, conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett.
United States President Donald Trump on Saturday named federal judge Amy Coney Barrett as his choice to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
His pick – like every Supreme Court nominee in recent decades – is highly controversial.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who will be shepherding Barrett’s confirmation process, both praised Trump’s selection.
McConnell called Barrett “an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court”, while Graham said he was “very committed to ensuring the nominee gets a challenging, fair, and respectful hearing”.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court.
A brilliant scholar. An exemplary judge. President Trump could not have made a better decision. pic.twitter.com/FKadx6TJeU
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 26, 2020
As the Chairman of the @senjudiciary Committee, I’m very committed to ensuring the nominee gets a challenging, fair, and respectful hearing.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 26, 2020
Barrett’s critics have been quick to point out her conservative views on abortion and healthcare, for starters, while her defenders are hailing her as a brilliant legal mind who has strong connections to her faith and family.
Liberal law professor Lara Bazelon summarised what is expected to be the Democrats’ mantra throughout the confirmation process, which will take place in the US Senate.
“Make no mistake: Judge Barrett’s confirmation will be the wrecking ball that finally smashes Roe v Wade and undoes the Affordable Care Act,” Bazelon, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, wrote in a New York Times opinion piece.
“Her crucial vote on these cases and so many others will undo decades of the progress that Justice Ginsburg worked her whole life to achieve.”
Demand Justice, a group that will be active in opposing Barrett’s nomination, tweeted after Trump’s announcement that its members believe Barrett could “strip millions of Americans of their reproductive freedom and health protections” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amy Coney Barrett could to strip millions of Americans of their reproductive freedom and health protections. During a pandemic.
Help us stop her confirmation >> https://t.co/8xHXBAEdZM
— Demand Justice (@WeDemandJustice) September 26, 2020
Meanwhile, Barrett’s fellow professor at the University of Notre Dame, O Carter Snead, wrote in The Washington Post that “liberals have nothing to fear” with the conservative jurist.
“There is of course no way to know in advance how a Justice Barrett would rule on hot-button cases,” Snead wrote.
“What is clear is that she would carefully analyze each case on its merits, respectful of the stakes for both the rule of law and the stability of our polity, doing her level best to get the question right, regardless of her own personal views.”