(PresidentialWire.com)- President Donald Trump has finally revealed his nominee for the Supreme Court justice — Amy Coney Barrett.
Barrett, 48, is the third justice Trump has nominated during his tenure. She will now face a confirmation fight in the Senate, which is expected to start hearings in the near future in an attempt to complete the hearings before the November 3 presidential election.
On Saturday, Trump described Barrett as a “woman of unparalleled achievement,” a “stellar scholar and judge” who has “unyielding loyalty to the constitution.”
If confirmed, Barrett would replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away recently at the age of 87.
Barrett graduated from Notre Dame University Law School. She once clerked for the late Antonin Scalia, who was a Supreme Court justice himself. Barrett has been serving on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago since Trump nominated her for the position in 2017.
Conservatives are beefing up the fact that three Democrats from the Senate backed her confirmation in 2017. She’s also being embraced as a justice who would serve in the mold of her former boss, Scalia.
In fact, Barrett said of Scalia: “His judicial philosophy is mine, too.”
Barrett has a nice following among conservatives for her pro-life rulings and other conserving leanings. In 2013, she said for a magazine that “life begins at conception.” She’s also a member of a group called People of Praise, a Catholic conservative group that has published guidelines saying sex should only happen between married heterosexual couples.
That statement and her membership in that group are likely to be among the many heated questions Barrett faces from Democrats during her confirmation hearings.
Barrett has also ruled in Trump’s favor in the past on cases involving immigration policies and gun rights.
Immediately following Trump’s announcement of Barrett as his nominee, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer denounced the decision. He said:
“A vote by any senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans.”
For her part, Barrett said she would uphold her duties as a Supreme Court justice if she is confirmed by the Senate. She said:
“Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy view they might hold.”
Even though Republicans hold a majority in the Senate and can pass through Barrett’s confirmation, the process to do so will likely be a dogfight. Even outside groups are preparing for what should be a dirty fight ahead.
The Article III Project is ramping up preparations for the hearings. The group was founded to support Trump’s nominees to various courts. The founder of the group, Mike Davis, recently said they would “take off the gloves, put on the brass knuckles and punch bank on the left’s attacks on President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee — a fight that will make [Brett] Kavanaugh’s look like a walk in the park.”