Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to supreme court in major victory for US conservatives
Senate’s confirmation of Barrett, 48, cements rightwing domination of court for years to come
Though the vote was a formality, with senators divided almost entirely along party lines, it still marked a seismic moment for Trump, for the supreme court and for American democracy.For the president, it meant his legacy on judicial appointees is secure whatever the outcome of next week’s election. Trump will have placed three conservative justices on the court, albeit in highly contentious circumstances.
For the supreme court, it sealed an unassailable six to three balance between conservatives and liberal justices. The oldest of those conservatives, Clarence Thomas, is 72 and still has potentially many years to serve within his lifetime appointment.Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, underlined the political importance of the moment when he said on Sunday: “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”
For US democracy, the confirmation gives the conservative justices the upper hand on such hot-button issues as abortion, same-sex marriage and the climate crisis – areas where public opinion is firmly in favor of progressive change.The confirmation will leave a residue of bitter partisan rancor given the Republican rush to push Barrett through days before the election – the closest confirmation to a presidential election in US history – having refused four years ago to countenance Barack Obama’s pick for the supreme court on grounds that the people should decide.
Trump moved quickly to nominate Barrett, 48, to succeed the liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on 18 September aged 87.Barrett, a favorite of Christian conservatives, signed a 2006 newspaper ad that called for the overturning of Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, and called its legacy “barbaric”. She did not disclose the ad to the Senate.
Trump has also said he expects the court to decide the outcome of a disputed election, as it did in 2000, and wants Barrett on the bench for any election-related cases. Read more: The Guardian »
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Total disrespect to the constitution!!! Conservatives now free to criminalize abortion, ban racial preference in school admissions and elsewhere, cripple fed regulatory state, roll back voting rights, civil rights and campaign finance laws, grant even greater powers to corporations. Whether voters support it or not.
A victory if you count cheating, bribery & corruption as an acceptable method of running a government. Taking the USA backwards, Making America Grate Again. Another religious nutter with power Excellent decision and appointment. Well done The Donald. 👍👍 Wait, what? It’s not a victory. It’s fascism .fantastic news
Congratulations to a decent person unlike that 🐀 Pelosi All the Presidents men, and women. If Trump had had the same sense of urgency & priority in dealing with Covid as he did pushing through this appalling act, maybe he wouldn't be presiding over close to 1/4 million deaths. Welcome back to the C18th, USA. My sympathy.
A disgrace. If she is true to her word, it may be no big deal. Over time, she will probably become more enlightened Barrettconfirmation How that woman can accept the nomination is appalling and a shocking reflection on American values. Good luck Americans Disgusting You can be a conservative, sure. But you can’t be undemocratic. This is not McConnell being a conservative; this is him being undemocratic. Shameful day for democracy.
DaniGaravelli1 Yeah, this one might end up best described as pyrrhic. Bloody joke. Major victory = ignoring any pretence of democracy DaniGaravelli1 This is horrifying news. It will impact on the LGBTQ community, pro-choice work, minority communities, and much more. The American 'religious' right will be ecstatic, they can carry their burning torches and wear their hoods at will. A shameful day for America.
Pack the court. Two can play. Assuming they don’t steal it. Which they will try. FTFY Deceitful, untrustworthy, hypocritical. GOP 😂😂😂😂 This. Stepford judge. Loathsome girl grim. thats a lifelong seat. grim grim grim. I think she’s smokin Congratulations to Justice Amy Coney Barret. Wish her successfully fulfill her repeated pledge: Uphold the integrity of the Rule of Law, and Not twist the interpretation of the law to serve any political purpose.
Confirmed by right-wing republicans to serve their needs. Imagine if the GOP dominated Supreme Court were to rule that all regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions were unconstitutional. The implications of this nomination for life on this planet are potentially catastrophic God trying real hard to show the US that he's long abandoned it
Biden will make this the most meaningless appointment ever 😂 An impeached president that most Americans didn’t vote for elects the least qualified judge nominated to SCOTUS. What could go wrong? 💩 A disingenuous fraud from the interviews I have seen. I'm sorry, but why does it feel like for the past 8 years we've been operating under A ONE-PARTY SYSTEM?
Yuck Thanks be to God Our Country is now gone. The Fascists have taken over. disgusting Welcome to the IXX century Lmao they fought long and hard for something superfluous and completely out of touch with the needs of Americans during a depression God Bless America and keep it safe from the socialist left PartyPandemic
Wonderful news. Well done justice Barrett. It is great to have ability recognised over rhetoric. It isn't a victory for anyone. It is a disaster. It wasn’t a victory, it was a farce. Pack the court Disgraceful 😡 It would be nice if the left and the democrats congratulated her. But that's not going to happen is it. Apparently being woke doesn't mean having manners.
Fuck them. Bunch of hypocrites!
'Power grab': how Republican hardball gave us Amy Coney BarrettConfirmation of a sixth conservative on the nine-member court is due on Monday, the result of ruthless Republican politics It’s called the Constitution here. 🤷🏻♂️ Yeah... but mostly it was the death of the previous Supreme Court Justice.
Amy Coney Barrett wins crucial backing for Supreme Court confirmation as last Republican announces supportSupreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing when one of the last Republican holdouts against filling the seat so close to Election Day announced support ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday 👊🏻 13Justices It will make sure that even id all Americans vote for Biden, Trump will be appointed as president as 2/3 of the Supreme court are in Trumps pocket, the old word is corruption.
Democrats planning 30-hour 'digital filibuster' to try to stop Amy Coney Barrett being confirmedSenators including Kamala Harris and Chuck Schumer will deliver messages as part of a campaign of protest against the woman set to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court Such bad losers. Really unfair and unkind to ACB, who is an exemplary women, mother and citizen. Hey?
Democrats hold Senate floor overnight to protest Amy Coney Barrett confirmation – liveMike Pence staff test positive; Trump aide admits ‘we’re not going to control pandemic’; nearly 60 million cast early votes What’d they accomplish? Nothing Democrats protesting the democratic process. Whatever next? It is done and she will be confirmed lads.
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