The Controversy over Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s Nominated Justice

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Ethan Lopez, Staff Writer

Among the topics of coronavirus management, police reform, and government spending that are filling up election headlines this season, Trump’s appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has been one of the most heated arguments these passing weeks. 

On September 18th, 2020,  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in her home from complications of pancreatic cancer, marking her 27th year on the Supreme Court. With her death leaving only eight justices on the court, Trump made the decision a month later to nominate experienced circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Ginsburg. With only a few months remaining until this coming Election Day, this decision sparked widespread disapproval across the Democratic left, calling the nomination “disrespectful” to RBG and arguing that whoever wins the election should be the one to elect a new justice, not the incumbent only months prior. Some also argue that Barrett’s pro-life views in the past will overturn famous cases such as Roe v. Wade, reverting huge cases to back the conservative agenda. 

However, Trump does have every right to nominate the justice to be then approved by the Senate. Once Barrett is voted in, which will be highly likely due to the Republican Senate majority, then the president may appoint her to the Supreme Court. With the election coming quickly, she may be appointed before our future president is announced, much to the chagrin of many Democrats. This controversy rivals and imitates that of a previous justice nomination by President Obama in 2016, where many Republicans protested against his Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland. 

The voting session on Monday will decide Barrett’s placement on the Supreme Court, with a high probability of it coming into fruition. While the election results will have no impact on her directly, Vice President Biden and the Democratic  Party will have an influence on the Court if he were to win this election.