Republicans are expected to announce Saturday that US President Donald Trump is nominating Judge Amy Connie Barrett to the Supreme Court as he aims to make a historic impression on the High Court just weeks before the presidential election.
Conservative groups and Congress allies are laying the groundwork for a fast-track confirmation process for Barrett before Trump’s election is formalized. Like the president, they are wasting very little time replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, conducting multi-million dollar advertising campaigns and marshalling supporters.
With Justice Clarence Thomas replacing Justice Turgood Marshall almost three decades ago, Justice Clarence Thomas is likely to switch from Ginsburg, the liberal icon – to the public conservative – in the courtroom.
For Trump, it provides much-needed political support when he tries to burn his base. For conservatives, it represents the long-awaited rewards for their uncomfortable embrace of Trump. For the Democrats, it will be another moment of reckoning, as their party is locked in a bitter battle to regain the White House and Senate.
Senate Republicans are preparing for a confirmation hearing in two weeks, with a full room vote before election day. Democrats are essentially powerless to block votes.
“I’m sure he’s going to make the best nomination,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News. “We have a chance that the American people will look at this nominee and decide if she deserves to be certified by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
“They are showing the hell to get this done as quickly as possible,” said Democratic Senate whip Dick Durbin. “They think it will help Donald Trump get re-elected.”
‘Too much bet confirmation’
Outer conservative groups, which have been preparing for the moment for 40 years, plan to spend more than $ 25 million in support of Trump and his nominee. The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) has organized a coalition that includes American First Policies, Susan B. Anthony List, Club for Growth and Group Catholic Vote.
“One of the things we learn from the histories of certification processes is that the intensity of the fight is more related to the previous owner of the seat than to who the nominee is,” said JCN’s Carrie Severino. “We hope this is a very high bet confirmation.”
Within hours of Ginsburg’s death, Trump made clear his intention to nominate a woman to replace him, after two men had previously been put on the court and he was struggling to reduce cuts in support of suburban women.
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The White House has already concluded a round of vetting this month, with Trump releasing an additional 20 names to be considered for court. He challenged Democrat Joe Biden to list possible nominees.
In discussing the shortlist of five people for the Ginsburg seat, highlighting the fact that Trump is from the battlefield states, I aim to win this judge as their jurisprudence.
“I heard incredible things about her,” Ginzberg said of Barbara Lagova of Florida, a day after she died. “I do not know her. She is Hispanic and very respectful. Miami. Very respectful.”
In an interview with a Detroit television station, Trump volunteered that Michigan Justice John Larsen was “very talented.”
Barrett was a strong conservative, Catholic
Trump and his aides, however, appear to have kept their focus on nominating Barrett of Indiana, who has been at the White House twice this week.
A 2017 appellate court affidavit by a strong conservative on party-voting included allegations that Democrats are attacking her Catholic faith. The Democrats should try to do the same once again as Trump allies themselves as a political failure.
Catholic voters, especially in Pennsylvania, are seen as a key population in Swing State, with Democratic nominee Joe Biden also seeking to recapture Catholicism.
Vice President Mike Pence defended Barrett when asked if her affiliation with the People of Praise, an attractive Christian community, would complicate her ability to work in the High Court.
“I have to tell you the impatience she expressed during her last affirmation about her Catholic faith. I really think this process is a disservice and a disappointment to millions of Americans,” he told ABC News.
The court is becoming more traditional
Although the court was able to break down in ideological ways in high-level cases, Chief Justice John Roberts and his associates opposed the idea that they were politicians in uniform and stressed that they agreed more than they disagreed.
However, Barrett’s appointment makes the court more traditional. It transforms from a court divided into 5-4 between conservatives and liberals, of which six members are conservatives appointed by the Republican president.
Barrett was hailed as a justice in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, her clerk for her.
Trump wielded the power to make judicial nominations with conservative voters in 2016 to fill the seat vacated by the death of Republican senators Scalia, which then President Barack Obama will not fill the opening.
Enthusiasm among white evangelical voters for Trump’s decision to release lists of traditional lawyers who are qualified for potential vation elevation has increased, many of whom once resisted backing the New York Democrat candidacy.