American judge Amy Coney Barrett took her first oath as Chief Justice in the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning (Dutch time) at the White House. On Tuesday she will take her second oath in the Supreme Court. The 48-year-old is likely to remain in office for decades.
Democrats consider Barrett’s appointment hypocritical
Shortly before her first oath, the US 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 votes needed to nominate Barret have 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 happen too short before the elections. Then there were six months between the vote and the elections.
However, Barrett’s appointment is a week before the new US election. The Democrats want the voter to be able to decide which party can appoint a new judge. Barrett takes over the seat from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last September.