President Donald Trump has announced his nominee to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
During a ceremony at the White House on Saturday, the president confirmed rumors that had been circulating in recent days that he had selected U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the lifetime appointment, as reported by NBC News.
“She is outstanding”
Barrett had been a frontrunner ahead of Trump’s prior Supreme Court selection before Brett Kavanaugh eventually got the nod.
At the time, Barrett reportedly stood out as a top contender, but the president wanted to make sure she would be available in case Ginsburg’s seat became vacant during his term.
“I haven’t said it was her, but she is outstanding,” Trump said earlier this week as speculation began to swirl, according to The New York Times.
The president put the supposition to rest upon appearing in the Rose Garden alongside Barrett, her husband, and their seven children.
“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” Trump said, according to NBC. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.”
“Mindful of who came before me”
Barrett used the opportunity to express her respect and admiration for the Ginsburg, who died last week at the age of 87.
“Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me,” she said, as NBC reported. “The flag of the United States is still flying at half-staff in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to mark the end of a great American life.”
While a political battle erupted almost immediately after the first reports of Ginsburg’s death regarding when and how to confirm her replacement, Barrett is also facing more personal attacks over her conservative religious beliefs.
Newsweek has already apologized for its report suggesting that a group to which her family belongs served as the inspiration for the dystopian society depicted in the series The Handmaid’s Tale.
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appears to have the votes needed to confirm Trump’s nominee, it is clear that Barrett and her family are in for an especially harsh political ordeal.