President Donald Trump can add the appointment of another Supreme Court justice to his list of achievements.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett took her constitutional oath on Monday at the White House, and she is now U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Barrett.
After much contention from the Democrats, the Senate on Monday finally confirmed Barrett by a vote of 52 to 48. The latter number was comprised of all 45 Democrats, two independents, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). All other Republicans, including swing vote Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), voted in favor of Barrett’s confirmation.
Shortly thereafter, the White House held a ceremony during which Barrett took her constitutional oath. The moment was captured on camera, and President Donald Trump posted some of the footage on Twitter.
“In this October evening, the First Lady and I welcome you to the White House to bear witness to history,” Trump can be heard saying in the background as various moments from the ceremony are exhibited. “In a few moments, we will proudly swear in the newest member of the United States Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”
Trump continued: “She is one of our nation’s most brilliant legal scholars, and she will make an outstanding justice in the highest court in our land. The American people have been profoundly impressed to learn of her achievements, her compassion, her generosity, her faith, and her sterling character. Justice Barrett made clear that she will issue rulings based solely upon a faithful reading of the law and Constitution as written not legislate from the bench.”
“Justice Barrett, as you take your oath tonight the legacy of our ancestors falls to you,” Trump concluded. “The American people put their trust in you and their faith in you as you take up the task of defending our laws, our Constitution, and this country that we all love.”
Barrett took her oath alongside her husband, and it was administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who, like Barrett, also takes a conservative approach to judicial decision-making.
Promise made, promise kept
GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, took to Twitter to remind Americans that, with Barrett’s installment on the Supreme Court, President Trump has delivered on another campaign promise.
“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is now Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett! Another Promise Made and Promise Kept under @realDonaldTrump!” McDaniel wrote.
She added in a follow-up tweet: Four years ago, voters elected @realDonaldTrump after he promised to appoint qualified constitutionalists. In eight days, Americans are going to vote for more justices like Amy Coney Barrett by re-electing President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot!”
Let’s hope McDaniel is right there. Nowhere is it more important to have conservatives leading the way than in the judiciary, and, here, as she says, the president has really delivered.