Trump-appointed Supreme Court judge on Senate grill

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom Donald Trump wants to see enter the Supreme Court of the United States before the November 3 election, will wipe out questions on Tuesday on the second day of his hearing in the Senate.

The 48-year-old conservative magistrate, much appreciated by the religious right, was appointed on September 26 by the Republican president to succeed feminist and progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died eight days earlier.

Accompanied by six of her seven children, this fervent Catholic presented herself to the Senate on Monday, charged by the Constitution to endorse her appointment.

On this occasion, the 22 members of the legal committee, who each had 10 minutes for general statements, displayed their opinions on the opposite side of his candidacy.

The Republicans, in the majority in the upper house of Congress, have praised a "brilliant" lawyer, an "exceptional" woman, a "legal superstar" who, according to them, will know how to defend religious freedoms.

Democrats, who have few leverage to block its confirmation, denounced an "irresponsible" hearing in the midst of a pandemic, especially as three Republican senators tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month.

They also accused Donald Trump and the Republicans of despising voters, several million of whom have already voted by mail and denounced an "illegitimate" confirmation process so close to the poll.

- "Her faith" -

In a country where only a third of the population is atheist or without religion, the Democrats have refrained from attacking the magistrate on her religious convictions which, according to her detractors, nevertheless guide her reading of the law.

"His faith should not be taken into consideration," insisted during a campaign trip Joe Biden, the rival of Donald Trump, himself a practicing Catholic.

His running mate, Kamala Harris, like the other Democrats on the Senate committee, opted for another angle of attack: the defense of the law on health insurance of former President Barack Obama.

Republicans have tried on several occasions, either in Congress or in court, to abolish this so-called "Obamacare" law, which has granted health coverage to millions of Americans.

However, one of their appeal must be examined in November by the Supreme Court which, according to the Democrats, risks overturning it if Judge Barrett participates in the decision.

She "said she wanted to get rid" of Obamacare, Joe Biden said.

- "fantastic" -

Without entering into this debate, which should return during question-and-answer sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the magistrate swore "to apply the Constitution and the laws as they are written", faithful to the legal doctrine known as "textualism" very popular with the most conservative circles.

The latter indeed accuse the Supreme Court of having created new rights, such as that of women to have abortions or homosexuals to marry, which did not appear in the minds of the founding fathers of the country and hope that the appointment of the Judge Barrett put an end to or even reversed this trend.

Donald Trump, struggling in the polls against Democrat Joe Biden, is therefore betting on his appointment to galvanize these right-wing voters, often evangelicals or traditionalist Catholics.

Without entering into this debate, which should return during question-and-answer sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the magistrate swore "to apply the Constitution and the laws as they are written", faithful to the legal doctrine known as "textualism" very popular with the most conservative circles.

The latter indeed accuse the Supreme Court of having created new rights, such as that of women to have abortions or homosexuals to marry, which did not appear in the minds of the founding fathers of the country and hope that the appointment of the Judge Barrett put an end to or even reversed this trend.

Donald Trump, struggling in the polls against Democrat Joe Biden, is therefore betting on his appointment to galvanize these right-wing voters, often evangelicals or traditionalist Catholics.

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