It is about the ardent opponent of abortion Amy Coney Barrett. He is the third judge that Trump manages to appoint in his term and the Court was left with six conservative and three progressive judges.
The Republican-dominated Senate confirmed to the conservative judge on Monday that President Donald Trump proposed to the United States Supreme Court, a victory for the president eight days before the elections in which he will seek re-election.
The Senate voted 52 votes in favor and 48 against, the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, following partisan lines.
Barrett, a fervent catholic opposed to abortion, will change the configuration of the highest court that from now on will have six conservative judges out of nine, three of them appointed by the Republican president. Three progressive magistrates also sit on the nine-member court.
The new judge will fill the vacancy left by the death in September of progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The magistrate could participate in his first hearing as of November 2, the eve of the presidential elections. Therefore, it will theoretically act in case possible appeals against the results of the vote are examined.
The Supreme Court decides in the United States on the thorniest social debates, from abortion to the bearing of arms to the rights of sexual minorities. During the confirmation hearing, Judge Barrett was careful not to reveal her views on these hot topics.
Last month, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden described Barrett’s controversial nomination as an “abuse of power”, as it was expected to take place after the presidential elections, since he believes that the Trump Administration is asking the Supreme Court to end ‘Obamacare’ in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
The Democratic Party has signaled in recent weeks the “hypocrisy” displayed by the Republicans during this case, because in the last year of the Presidency of Barack Obama, in 2016, the Senate, with a Republican majority, blocked the appointment of Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy that arose in the Court after the death of Antonin Scalia for being a year electoral.
Barrett, who worked under Scalia, has insisted in recent weeks in the Senate sessions on his independence and has tried disassociate himself from the figure of his ultra-conservative mentor.
“Everything that Judge Scalia has said is not necessarily something that I would agree or do,” Barrett said during the third session held on October 14, after declaring the day before as “not hostile” to the ‘Obamacare’.
Barrett is Trump’s third appointment to the Supreme Court. Since Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), it was precisely he who nominated Judge Scalia in 1986, no tenant of the White House had proposed so many nominees for the American High Court.