Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court
On Saturday, President Donald Trump chose Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant in the wake of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Trump called choosing Barrett “one of his highest and most important duties” as president. Barrett marks the president's third Supreme Court pick.
“She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said, as he introduced Barrett in the White House Rose Garden.
Barrett thanked President and now awaits her confirmation, hopefully, by the Senate.
“I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution,” she said. “I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court.”
Barrett met with President Trump in 2018 as a possible nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. He chose Justice Brett Kavanaugh instead, but reportedly has long viewed Barrett as a solid pick for the replacement of Ginsburg if that moment came.
Trump choosing Barrett is a win for conservatives, especially pro-life and pro-Second Amendment groups, who see her legal decisions and public comments as encouraging for future high court decisions
Barrett describes herself as a Constitutional “originalist,” and has argued that judges should abide by the meaning of the language used by the Founders in the Constitution.
“We agreed to live by the Constitution until it’s lawfully changed,” she told a Hillsdale College audience in 2019. “And judges can’t change it. That’s not Democratic.”
48-year-old Barrett is a Roman Catholic and the mother of seven.