President Trump kept to his promise of nominating a woman to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The President selected Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appeals court judge.
Calling it a “very proud moment indeed,” Trump called Barrett a woman of “towering intellect” and “unyielding loyalty to the Constitution” who would rule “based solely on the fair reading of the law.”
Trump recounted Barrett’s educational and professional background, noted her seven children and hailed her ties to another late Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia, for whom she clerked.
“I looked and I studied, and you are very eminently qualified for this job,” Trump told his nominee. “You are going to be fantastic.”
Barrett, Trump declared before an audience that included Scalia’s widow, Republican senators, and several figures from the conservative media, is “one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds.”
In her remarks, Barrett offered only a glimpse of what type of justice she would be and did not delve into specifics.
“A judge must apply the law as written,” she said. “Judges are not policy makers.”
Instead she sought to cast herself as a public servant — one who, at 48, could potentially serve on the court for decades.
“If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake, I would assume this role to serve you,” she said.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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