Despite warnings from activist groups in recent weeks, Amy Coney Barrett has been sworn in as the newest Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Barrett just a week before election day and a month after she was first nominated by Trump to fill the now-vacant seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A White House ceremony was held following the confirming vote on Monday. Fellow Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath.
“I am grateful for the confidence you have expressed in me, and I pledge to you and to the American people that I will discharge my duties to the very best of my ability,” Barrett said at her swearing-in.
President Trump spoke at the swearing-in, calling it a “momentous day” for America, the Constitution, and the rule of law. While Barrett has been sworn in constitutionally, she’s still required to take the judicial oath.
While Barrett was a quick choice to replace the late Justice Ginsburg’s seat, Senate Democrats attempted multiple times to slow down the confirmation process. Democrats tried multiple times to slam Republicans for pushing the confirmation through so close to the election after they blocked Merrick Garland’s nomination (which occurred as a similar situation) in 2016. However, considering Republican control of the Senate, Barrett’s nomination was essentially set from the get-go — even despite Democrats boycotting a vote to advance her nomination in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The only Republicans who voted against the confirmation of Barrett were Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Just as before her swearing-in, many LGBTQ+ organizations are outraged over the appointment of Barrett, who has a long history of ultraconservative policies and leanings. Many took to social media on Monday night to share their anger over the new Justice.
“Despite #AmyConeyBarrett’s troubling record, Senate Republicans rushed through the fastest #SCOTUS confirmation process in modern history,” tweeted Alphonso David, Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign. “This was a power grab by Trump & these Senators – plain and simple. We must vote them out #WeDissent.”