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Amy Coney Barrett Is Sworn In: What Should We Expect?

The seat left vacant by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg has now been filled. Just days before Election Day, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Barrett’s appointment solidifies a conservative majority on the court. Barrett was confirmed by a vote of 52-48, all of the democrats voted against her nomination. There is only one Republican senator, Susan Collins, who voted against Barrett’s nomination.

Barrett says that she will not be used as a political pawn and insists that she is “not on a mission” to destroy the health care law. Barrett is deeply rooted in her Catholic faith, and pro life. Many fear that Barrett will seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that protected widespread and easy access to abortion. The conservative bloc now has a close hold in the Supreme Court. Everything from environmental regulation to voting rights can be affected by this.

President Trump and the First Lady were in attendance and Trump was proud to see the nominee he pushed for being sworn in. After all, the president himself told the American people that confirming Barrett was prioritized over COVID-19 relief. The president thanked Mitch McConnell for helping make this process possible. McConnell took the heat early on in this process for obvious bias. McConnell refused to accept Barack Obama’s nomination of judge Merrick Garland to replace conservative justice Antonin Scalia.

Mitch McConnell stated in 2016: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president”.

Barrett was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court.

"I am grateful for the confidence you have expressed in me, and I pledge to you and to the American people that I will discharge my duties to the very best of my ability," Barrett said after she was sworn in.

Democrats were very disappointed with Barrett’s inability to give concise answers to simple questions. She was asked whether it is constitutional for a president to move Election Day or prevent anyone from voting.

Barrett claims that she will be completely independent and not on the “warpath” to change everything like everyone fears she will be. However only time will tell what Barrett will seek to do with her new role. One thing for certain, is that Barrett’s interpretation of the Constitution has the potential to completely reshape history. Barrett views the constitution through the eyes of those who wrote it, she is an “originalist.”

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