U.S. Senate confirms Trump's Supreme Court pick Barrett

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez arrives for a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee

Amy Coney Barrett is slated to be sworn in to the Supreme Court by Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House on Monday evening following her expected successful Senate confirmation vote, according to a senior White House official.

"Republicans do this because they don't believe Dems have the stones to play hardball like they do", Ocasio-Cortez said in her second tweet. "And for a long time they've been correct". Although Barrett's confirmation wasn't a surprise, groups like HRC, GLAAD, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) say having an ultra-conservative Justice like Barrett on the nation's highest court endangers the rights and freedoms of LGBTQ Americans.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris admonished Senate Republicans for confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, vowing that Democrats "won't forget" a move they have described as a power grab. "There is a legal process for expansion", she added.

Republicans spent her confirmation hearings praising Barrett for her experience as a federal judge and stated commitment to constitutional originalism.

"I'll tell you this - this may make you feel better, but I really don't care - if an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait until the next election" to fill the seat on the court, Graham said during a forum hosted by The Atlantic that year.

"This goal - the goal of the Republican Party for ten years - was a litmus test in selecting this nominee, regardless of the damage done to the U.S. Senate, to Americans' faith in the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, and to our democracy, and regardless of how the Affordable Care Act has protected hundreds of millions of people before and during the pandemic", Biden said. Democrats painted her as a danger to women's reproductive rights and politically beholden to President Trump and his allies, an assertion GOP senators have widely rejected. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also said that the swearing-in will be outdoors.



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