Senate validates Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s entry to U.S. Supreme Court

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The Senate confirmed Donald Trump-appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the powerful United States Supreme Court, offering the president a big victory eight days before the election. Despite the opposition of the Democrats to a process deemed “illegitimate” so close to the presidential election, the elected Republican, majority in the Upper House, all, with one exception, voted on the evening of Monday, October 26 for the chosen candidate by the president. All the elected representatives voted with 52 votes for and 48 against.

This fervent 48-year-old Catholic, mother of seven and opposed to abortion, must be sworn in at the White House. She could join the temple of American law on Tuesday, where she will take the seat left vacant by the death of progressive and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18. The Supreme Court, arbiter of major social issues in the United States, will thus have six conservative judges out of nine, including three appointed by Donald Trump.

A “historic” day

This undeniable success is likely to galvanize voters on the religious right, who are grateful to the former real estate mogul for appointing, during his tenure, more than 200 judges faithful to their values ​​across the country. federal court system. Whatever the outcome of the November 3 election, this record will be lasting, because these positions are “for life” and Donald Trump has chosen generally young magistrates. Judge Barrett “will be great, and she’s here for a long time,” the president-candidate also said during a meeting in front of his supporters in the key state of Pennsylvania.

Speaking one last time before the vote, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham hailed a “historic” day and praised an “impressive scholar.” Amy Coney Barrett is “brilliant, qualified”, applies the Law and does not get involved in politics, added Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has imposed an extremely tight schedule on the confirmation process. His Democratic counterpart Chuck Schumer denounced their “hypocrisy”. For him, Judge Barrett was not chosen for her qualifications but because she “has radical right-wing opinions”, notably on abortion, civil rights or the environment. With emphasis, he expressed his “sadness” at what is for him “one of the dark days in American history”.

For lack of levers to block this appointment, the Democrats tried to transform the debates, broadcast in part on television channels, into a forum on the future of Obamacare health insurance, which Donald Trump wants to repeal. The high court must indeed examine on November 10 an appeal against this emblematic law of the former Democratic president, on which the judge has expressed reservations in the past.

The Trump administration cornered the coronavirus

Joe Biden, for his part, continues to accuse President Trump of having failed in the face of the new coronavirus, which has claimed more than 225,000 lives in the United States. “Donald Trump is the worst president there is – the worst person there is – to lead us during this pandemic,” he said on Monday during a surprise visit to Pennsylvania, which his rival was crisscrossing at the same time. In front of journalists, Donald Trump, on the defensive, had to swear that he “had not” capitulated to the virus, after ambiguous comments from one of his relatives. “We are definitely turning the page,” he continued.

The day before, statements by the White House chief of staff reinforced the feeling of an administration powerless, even overwhelmed by the situation. “We are not going to control the pandemic, we are going to control the fact that we can have vaccines,” Mark Meadows said on CNN. The Democrats seized on these remarks to accuse the Republican administration of giving up in front of a virus which continues its devastation, with nearly 90,000 contaminations on Saturday, a record. Faced with his supporters, Donald Trump preferred to play the economic card, summing up the election to a choice between “a super rapid reconstruction with Trump or a depression with Biden”.

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