Donald Trump officially nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. On Saturday afternoon, the President revealed his pick to fill the Supreme Court seat from the White House.
“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” Donald Trump said. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.”
During the event, Barrett joined President Trump in the Rose Garden accompanied by her husband and seven children. She thanked the President and then spoke about her plans if confirmed.
“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 continued by saying “this is a momentous decision for a president and if the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability.”
“Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me,” she said. Barrett then acknowledged filling the Supreme Court seat vacated by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “The flag of the United States is still flying at half staff to mark the end of a great American life,” she said.
Donald Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett, Senate Leaders Weigh in
In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the President’s selection. “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States,” he said, according to Fox News.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voiced an opposing view on Barrett’s nomination. He declares a vote for Barrett as “a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act.”
Furthermore, Schumer says a Barrett vote may “eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
“Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish was that she not be replaced until a new president is installed. Republicans are poised to not only ignore her wishes, but to replace her with someone who could tear down everything that she built,” Schumer said. “This reprehensible power grab is a cynical attack on the legitimacy of the Court.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden also voiced reservations about President Trump’s nomination.
“The American people know the U.S. Supreme Court decisions affect their everyday lives,” he said. “The Senate should not act on this vacancy until after the American people select their next president and the next Congress.”