Every Friday in TrumpWorld brings a late-breaking bombshell, and this Friday was no exception. Speculation over whom Donald Trump would choose for his third Supreme Court nominee began mere moments after Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s death was announced last Friday. While Trump had dangled the idea of a SCOTUS seat to Ted Cruz and also suggested Tom Cotton might be another choice, ultimately he settled on a woman with a connection to a controversial religious group.
Amy Coney Barrett is a member of a “charismatic community” called People of Praise, which has its foundation in Catholicism. Charismatic communities emphasize the role of the Holy Spirit in the daily lives of believers. Some of their practices appear to have more in common with Pentecostal communities than with traditional Catholicism, such as speaking in tongues, healing services, and prophecy.
Coney Barrett, a vocal opponent of abortion rights, was nominated by Donald Trump to be a federal judge in 2017. During her confirmation hearing, some U.S. senators questioned her about the role faith plays in her life. Sen. Dianne Feinstein famously said to Ms. Coney Barrett, “The dogma lives loudly within you,” referencing speeches given by Ms. Barrett to conservative legal groups and a 1998 article she co-authored about the obligations of Catholic judges in cases involving the death penalty.
Trump famously said he was “saving her” for when Ginsburg passed away, knowing her stance on women’s healthcare rights and how it would impact his election chances. Coney Barrett will face tough questioning from Democrats as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised to use “every arrow in the House’s quiver” to prevent the nomination from going through.