Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Washington has been abuzz with whether President Donald Trump will get his third Supreme Court nomination during his first term.
As the time till election winds down, the time needed to confirm any candidate before a potential White House party change also grows. Conservatives, both laypeople and in Washington, are pushing for their opportunity to turn what has traditionally been an exclusively liberal vote, conservative. Liberals are pushing for a chance for Biden to be the one to name the next justice, and tempers have flared.
Thanks to the partisan nature of the nomination process, it’s been widely thought that the president will likely choose a woman to replace Ginsburg, and at the very top of that shortlist is Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Barrett is attractive for the position for a number of reasons, not the least of which is her gender (because that’s apparently always got to be considered now) and the fact that she, like Trump’s other two nominees, is still in her 40’s. That fact alone could spell 30-40 years of right-wing voting on the nation’s high court, which isn’t sitting well with many Democrats.
The smear campaign has already begun, with The Washington Post leading the charge, calling out her Catholic faith and a ruling on sexual assault in which she lowered the standards of guilt to convict students accused of sexual assault on campus.
“Amy Coney Barrett, a leading contender for the Supreme Court seat held by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote an influential appellate decision last year that made it easier for students accused of sexual assault to challenge universities’ handling of their cases”.
“Barrett led a three-woman panel of judges that said Purdue University may have discriminated against a male student accused of sexual assault when it suspended him for a year, a punishment that cost him his spot in the Navy ROTC program.”
This accusation is a shocking pivot from the left’s diatribe against the last nominee, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who they accused of assault, and his presence proved that conservatives didn’t care about women who accuse men of rape.
The posts’ second revelation was that Barrett who is well known to be a devout Catholic is also a Christian, which by reading the WaPo’s description is painted more like a secret society of anti-abortion chauvinists seeking eternal bliss, than anything else.
“Amy Coney Barrett, the judge at the top of Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has said we should always remember that a ‘legal career is but a means to an end … and that end is building the Kingdom of God,’” one Washington Post reporter tweeted with the link to a story published about Barrett’s life.
Thus far, the attention Barrett has received has done nothing to nod toward her voting record on the 7th circuit or her clear support for families. It has, however, poked fun at her for giving birth to seven children and called her out for her faith’s disagreement with abortion, even going so far as to say that she would “force” her idea of large families on other women.
“Trump’s likely RBG replacement, Amy Coney Barrett, is a Catholic extremist with 7 children who does not believe employers should be required to provide health care coverage for birth control,” one reporter said. “She wants the rest of American women to be stuck with her extreme lifestyle.”
The message is clear: nominate a man and you’re sexist. Nominate a woman, and you want all women to live a life just like hers … with a large loving family and thriving support system in church all while having one of the most illustrious careers on the planet … I forget why this is bad again?