BREAKING: United States Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court
The United States Senate has confirmed Appellate Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, solidifying a radically conservative 6-3 majority that has the potential to reshape American society into a right-wing, corporate-friendly, Christo-fascist dystopia for decades to come.
President Donald Trump nominated Barrett in September following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett was Trump’s third Supreme Court appointment since taking office. She is also the first nominee to have support from only one political party since 1869.
Barrett was confirmed 52-48 along partisan lines and will be sworn in by staunchly conservative Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House. Senator Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote in the negative.
Republicans, as expected, are rejoicing.
“We made an important contribution to the future of this country. A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later… they won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor as a final ‘screw you’ to the Democratic minority.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) also taunted the opposition in a flex that no one asked for.
“You lost this vote, but please don’t burn down this institution. Again you lost this vote under the rules that Harry Reid created in 2013,” Sasse said.
Democrats, meanwhile, have continued to decry the political games McConnell has played to get Barrett on the Court.
“My Republican colleagues know they can count on her to provide the decisive fifth vote on the Supreme Court to strike down the ACA,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI). The Court will hear another challenge to Obamacare on November 10, a week after the presidential election.
Other Senators on the left warned Republicans that if Democrats retake control of the Senate in next week’s election, they will fight fire with fire.
“If that is the rule that Republicans are prepared to adopt here, that what matters around here … isn’t what is right but it just because we can, then please don’t feign surprise in the months and years ahead if we on the Democratic side follow that same rule,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said.
This includes threats by Democrats that they may decide to add seats to the Court, which is permitted by the Constitution.
“Oh, no! Somebody is talking about breaking the rules and packing the court. Well, of course, Article Three of the Constitution doesn’t establish how many members of the Supreme Court there should be,” said Independent Maine Senator Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats. “I don’t want to pack the court, I don’t want to change the number. I don’t want to have to do that. But if all of this rule breaking is taking place, what does the majority expect?”
At risk with a lopsided right-wing court are reproductive rights, environmental protections, access to affordable health care, workers’ rights, freedom from religion, the right to free speech and peacefully protest, and voting rights, among others.
Republicans have worked tirelessly to stack American federal courts with 220 young, right-wing judges, who enjoy lifetime appointments, the most since the presidency of Jimmy Carter.
Fifty-three new judges have been added to the circuit courts and 162 judges have been confirmed to the district courts.