September 28, 2020

President Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Nominee
Judge Amy Coney Barrett
On Saturday, President Trump announced that 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett would be his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"Today, it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court," Trump said in his announcement on the White House lawn. "She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution. Judge Amy Coney Barrett."

Trump first nominated Barrett to the 7th Circuit in 2017 and reportedly had her on his shortlist of potential nominees when he was considering nominees for the seat he eventually filled with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

"Judge Barrett is a graduate of Rhodes College and the University of Notre Dame Law School," said President Trump when describing her achievements. "At Notre Dame, she earned a full academic scholarship, served as the executive editor of the Law Review, graduated first in her class, and received the law school's award for the best record of scholarship and achievement. Upon graduation, she became a clerk for Judge Lawrence Silberman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Amy then received one of the highest honors a young lawyer could have serving as a clerk on the Supreme Court for Justice Antonin Scalia."

The president went on to describe a few elements of Barrett's personal life:

"Amy is more than a stellar scholar and judge. She's also a profoundly devoted mother. Her family is a core part of who Amy is. She opened her home and her heart and adopted two beautiful children from Haiti. Her incredible bond with her youngest child, a son with Down syndrome, is a true inspiration. If confirmed, Justice Barrett will make history as the first mother of school-aged children ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court."

Near the end of his speech, Trump joked, "I'm sure it'll be extremely non-controversial. We said that the last time, didn't we?"

Barrett would be the first pro-life woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. If her nomination is approved by the Senate, she could be a crucial vote to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade.

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