Joe Manchin (D-WV), who stated he will oppose Trump’s next SCOTUS nominee who has yet to be named, spoke out today to defend one of the women in the running. Manchin told Fox & Friends “I’m Catholic, Okay? And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn’t with me… It’s awful to bring in religion. It truly is” The Senator called Barrett’s faith irrelevant to the decision of her becoming the next Justice to serve on the Supreme Court.
This stands in contrast to fellow Democrat Senators. During Barrett’s 2017 confirmation hearing to be placed on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Diane Feinstein (D-CA) can be seen in the tweet video below addressing Barrett’s faith. Feinstein says, “when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country.”
Flashback — Dianne Feinstein to Amy Coney Barrett about ACB’s Catholic faith: “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you — and that’s of concern.”pic.twitter.com/aMGjVQRmcS— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) September 19, 2020
When asked if Barrett’s religious views should be off-limit if she were to come before the committee again this time as a SCOTUS nominee, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said, “no.”Hirono had previously asked Barrett if she believed she was being nominated because of her “Strongly held moral convictions regarding abortion,” in 2017.
Barrett is a devout Roman Catholic, she currently sits on the7th US Circuit Court of appeals and teaches at the University of Notre Dame Law School. She was mentored and clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court. She graduated from Rhodes College, magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature. She earned her J.D. Summa Cum laude, from Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Hoynes Prize, the Law School’s highest honor according to her Notre Dame faculty page.
In 2017 Democrats made a point of addressing her personally held beliefs on marriage and abortion. After listening to the words of Senator Feinstein it is clear they are afraid she may be the Judge to overturn Roe vs. Wade. In a 2013 Texas Law Review article Barret had written “I tend to agree with those who say that a justice’s duty is to the Constitution and that it is thus more legitimate for her to enforce her best understanding of the constitution rather than a precedent she thinks clearly in conflict with it.” Showing she believes in sticking to the Constitution over precedents.
Trump is set to announce his nomination on Saturday at 5 pm EST. This announcement is one of the biggest ones he has made his entire Presidency. A Supreme Court appointment is a lifetime appointment, these are voices that interpret our laws and statutes. The power the 9 Justices hold is one that is unmatched by any other branch of Government. This decision will affect the future of our country.
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