The 48-year-old judge's confirmation consolidates the conservative majority in the high court and delivers a victory for Donald Trump, eight days before the presidential election.
Just eight days before the presidential election on November 3, the US Senate offered Donald Trump “a victory”, writes The New York Times: by 52 votes to 48, the upper house confirmed on Monday the appointment of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett at the Supreme Court of the United States. Anchoring “on the right” the highest highest court in the country, with this new majority of six conservative judges out of the nine in the court, appointed for life.
“Republicans overwhelmingly supported the presidential candidate despite Democrats' objections,” the Wall Street Journal said. In fact, all Republicans except Maine Senator Susan Collins voted “Yea” (yes), Democrats preferring “Nay” (no). "It was the first time in 150 years that a judge was confirmed without a single vote from the minority party, which shows how bitter the decades-long war in Washington for judicial appointments has become," notes the New York Times.
"I love the Constitution"
Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in by Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in an evening ceremony at the White House, CNN reports. She assured that she would do her job “independently” of political currents and personal preferences:
“The oath that I have solemnly taken this evening essentially means that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do it regardless of political currents and my own preferences. I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it does. establish and I will devote myself to its preservation. ”
Will she tip the election in favor of Trump?
48-year-old Amy Coney Barrett could "shape the Supreme Court for decades," says NPR. During her Senate hearing, she explained that she was a follower of the “textualist” and “originalist” approach to law theorized by her mentor, the late Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia, a philosophy according to which judges cannot change the law. original meaning of the Constitution. And his views could influence "all areas of American life, including abortion rights, gay rights, business regulation and the environment," adds The New York Times.
"The effect of his appointment will be felt immediately," said the New York daily. “The states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania, theaters of major electoral conflict, await immediate action from the Supreme Court” regarding “the date on which postal ballots may be accepted”.
Thus, Amy Coney Barrett's first votes “could tip the election in favor of Trump,” Slate warns, noting that an “immediate invalidation of thousands of Democratic ballots” in these two key states “could decide to the outcome ”of the ballot.