When Donald Trump was elected president, one of the first and only successes he ever had in his first year was getting Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch nominated and confirmed to replace the empty seat left by the late Judge Antonin Scalia. Granted, Republicans had to invoke the nuclear option to prevent then-President Obama from filling the seat before the election.
To gain the trust of serious conservatives, Trump issued a list of conservative far-right judges to Republicans to ensure them he was true to the party and outline the importance of filling that empty seat on the Supreme Court. That was back in 2016.
Now, even though there’s no real indication that any of the judges are planning to retire, Trump has added five new potential picks to that list and has released it again.
The White House releases a new, updated #SCOTUS list for President Trump — adding Amy Coney Barrett, Britt Grant, Brett Kavanaugh, Kevin Newsom, and Patrick Wyrick to the list. pic.twitter.com/3tcwwHQcsZ
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) November 17, 2017
The new additions include federal appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Kevin Newsom. The other two are state Supreme Court justices, Britt Grant and Patrick Wyrick.
Of special interest to Democrats and women would be the potential pick of Barrett, who was already a controversial pick when she was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Back in 2003, she wrote an article blasting the outcome of the Roe v. Wade case. In that article, she called it an “erroneous decision.” While being confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 17 organizations joined together to write a letter urging Sen. Charles Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein to oppose her nomination. They wrote:
‘In fact, Barrett has expressly opposed reproductive and women’s rights. She believes that life begins at conception. During a presentation on Roe v. Wade, Barrett spoke disapprovingly of the landmark decisions, claiming “Roe essentially permitted abortion on demand, and Roe recognizes no state interest in the life of a fetus.”‘
They also noted in their letter she believed that judges who find themselves struggling with decisions on the death penalty and their own faith should remove themselves from the case. However, she made no such recommendation for those who take issue with abortion based on their religious views.
Additionally, it was noted by several LGBTQ groups that she had accepted an invitation to give a speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom — a group that believes transgender individuals should receive sterilization against their will. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists them as a hate group.
What should be considered about a pick like Barrett is not just her hardline conservative beliefs, but her age. The average lifespan of a woman in the United States is 81 years old. That gives Barrett 36 years to serve on the Supreme Court and make decisions that will affect Americans for decades.
You can check out the response to Barrett being added to the list below.
🕯️ *Mails RBG thousands of multivitamins* 🕯️ pic.twitter.com/CcOWrFmGph
— Laura Eva (@NerdyLaura) November 17, 2017
Featured image via screen grab from Youtube.