FACTS

    Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed Monday night as the 115th Supreme Court Justice of the United States after a 52-48 vote by the Senate. The decision, replacing Ruth Bader Ginsberg, marks a 6-3 conservative-majority court.

    “My fellow Americans, even though we judges don’t face elections, we still work for you. It is your Constitution that establishes the rule of law and the judicial independence that is so central to it. The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor, and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences.”

    Amy Coney Barrett, 115th Supreme Court Justice of the United States

    RIGHT

    The Right believes there could be no better choice for the Supreme Court position than Barrett. It is also argued that the confirmation process was entirely legal and constitutional, contrary to accusations from the Left. Washington Examiner noted that a Gallup poll showed that “51% of Americans” believed Barrett should be confirmed. Every Senate Republican – except for Susan Collins of Maine – voted in faavor of her confirmation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Barrett “a woman of unparalleled ability and temperament.” Federalist staff writer Tristan Justice wrote that her appointment marks a shift in “the court’s balance of power back towards the Constitution after a century of anti-Constitutional dominance.”

    LEFT

    The Left argues she is the most “inexperienced judge to be nominated in 30 years” and called her resume “strikingly thin for someone nominated to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court.” It is argued that the confirmation process, being so close to an election, was a “sham.” Democrats now want to pack the court, meaning they will call on Congress to expand the number of Supreme Court seats in an attempt to again tilt the court left. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), tweeted, “Remember that Republicans have lost 6 of the last 7 popular votes, but have appointed 6 of the last 9 justices. By expanding the court we fix this broken system and have the court better represent the values of the American people.”

    “The reason they — Republicans — are corrupting the process and rushing her onto the bench… is because they can accomplish what they can’t do politically, which is to overturn the Affordable Health Care Act, to overturn Roe v. Wade and abortion rights in this country. That’s what’s going on here.”

    Juan Williams, Political Analyst
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