‘I would assume this role to serve you’: President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

President Donald Trump officially nominated appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett this weekend to the Supreme Court.

News 12 Staff

Sep 28, 2020, 11:18 AM

Updated 1,357 days ago

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President Donald Trump officially nominated appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett this weekend to the Supreme Court.
The president made the announcement just over a week after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For the third time, President Trump has nominated a judge to the Supreme Court. President Trump says Barrett is a woman of remarkable intellect and character.
"I looked and I studied and you are very imminently qualified for this job,” says President Trump. “You are going to be fantastic."
Barrett is a 48-year-old mother of seven. She is a conservative and a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. She's a judge on the Seventh Circuit of Appeals. President Trump appointed her three years ago. She also served as a former law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was from New Jersey.
"The president has nominated me to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, and that institution belongs to all of us. If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle and certainly not for my own sake. I would assume this role to serve you."
President Trump's previous picks include Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Barrett would be the first mother with school-aged children to hold the position.
Reaction to her nomination came in from current state leaders, agreeing with the Democratic argument that confirming Barrett would undermine American rights, especially when it comes to health care.
Sen. Cory Booker says, “Donald Trump's nominee is a direct threat to the Affordable Care Act, reproductive choice, and so many other liberties we hold sacred. We can't be silent as he tries to rush a Supreme Court Justice through the Senate. The American people deserve to have their voices heard."
Sen. Bob Menendez says, “This is nothing less than a cynical power grab in the midst of an election in which they fear that the will of the American people can ultimately end their reign, and this nominee is nothing more than a knowing pawn in their scheme."
Barrett would be among the youngest justices to serve on the Supreme Court if confirmed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote in the weeks ahead.


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