Judge Amy Coney Barrett has accepted President Donald Trump’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court.
Speaking at the Rose Garden at the White House, Judge Barrett pledged to “faithfully and impartially discharge” her duties under the Constitution while vowing to go through the confirmation process with “humility and courage.”
“I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability. I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution.”
She added, “Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me,” she said, saying Ginsburg “not only broke glass ceilings—she smashed them. She was a woman of enormous talent and consequence.”
Judge Barrett was a cleark under the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Her mentor, Scalia and Ginsburg and were great friends but they had opposing judicial views.
Barrett recalled that the two had arguments “about matters of great consequence,” but that their relationship proved that “need not destroy affection.”
“In both my personal and professional relationships, I strive to meet those standards,” she said, adding that the lessons she learned clerking under Scalia still “resonate.”
“His judicial philosophy is mine too: A judge must apply the law as written,” Barrett said in her speech. “Judges are not policy makers and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”
Barrett addressed the American people and said “institution that belongs to all of us,” nothing that she would “not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, or for my own.”
“I will do equal right to the poor and the rich and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Constitution,” Barrett said as she acknowledged that this will be a heated and controversial confirmation process.
“I have no illusions that the road ahead of me will be easy, for the short term or the long haul,” Barrett said. “I never imagined I would find myself in this position.”
However, the 48 year-old mother of 7 said, “I will meet the challenge with both humility and courage.”
To the members of the senate, Barrett said: “I will do my very best to demonstrate that I am worthy of your support.”
President Donald Trump formally introduced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court touting her “unyielding loyalty” to the Constitution.
“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution — Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”
President Trump said Barrett’s Senate confirmation process should be a “quick” one, while urging Democrats to “provide her with a respectful and dignified hearing that she deserves” and that “America deserves.”
He appealed to the media to avoid “personal attacks,” in an apparent reference to the confirmation process in 2018 for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to put a nominee up for a vote, despite the objections of Senate Democrats.
McConnell praised Barrett in a statement, noting that President Trump “could not have made a better decision.”
“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States,” he said.
Senate Minority Leder Chuck Schumer, for his part, accused Trump and McConnell of “shamelessly rushing to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat less than 40 days before a presidential election.”