American judge Amy Coney Barrett took her first oath as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court on Tuesday morning (Dutch time) at the White House. She will take her second oath on Tuesday, in the Supreme Court. 48-year-old Barrett will likely hold her position for decades.
Democrats consider Barrett’s appointment hypocritical
Shortly before her first oath, the United States Senate approved her nomination. Barrett’s nomination received 52 votes in favor and 48 against. Only one Republican voted against, Senator Susan Collins of Maine.
When Barrett takes her second oath on Tuesday, her appointment will be official. With the appointment of Barrett, the number of conservative judges in the court rises to six, compared to three progressive chief justices.
There was little doubt about the approval of Barrett. By the majority of Republicans in the Senate, Barrett’s nomination was soon a certainty. The required number of votes to be able to appoint Barret has already been received for weeks.
The Democrats disagree with the Republicans and think the appointment is hypocritical. In 2016, Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s nomination of a judge because it would have been too short for the election. Then there were six months between the vote and the elections.
Barrett’s appointment will take place just a week before the US election. The Democrats want the voter to be able to determine which party can appoint a new judge. Barrett takes over from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last September.