On the night of September 18, 2020, the death of one “Notorious RBG” and the news was spread around the world.
While many were shocked and grieving over the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, others realized what this could mean for different minority groups across the country. Many took to social media apps such as TikTok and Twitter to express their concerns for what could happen once a new supreme court justice is selected. Their worries became more severe as President Donald Trump announced his candidate for Ginsburg’s position.
Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to become the next supreme court justice This worried many because Barrett is known for her conservative views. Many now look to the future in fear due to possible conservative rulings on many topics: female reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and more.
Before Ginsburg’s death, the Supreme Court was more evenly balanced between conservative and progressive court justices. However if Barrett becomes the new justice, she could sway these votes to the conservative side, meaning almost no progessive policies would be passed.
There is a lot of controversy regarding the president nominating a new Supreme Court Justice. The controversy stems from it being an election year with the possibility of a change in leadership after the year ends. In 2016, another election year, Obama was unable to pick a new justice. The main difference between this year and last is that the election is quickly approaching whereas President Obama still had approximately nine months before the election date. Many who stopped Obama in 2016 are now in favor of Trump’s candidate.
In 2016, Mitch McConnell “set a precedent” for how this kind of situation should work. McConnell argued against holding a hearing for the replacement of Justice Antonin Scalia. Now, McConell is pushing for Trump’s candidate to be RBG’s replacement while Democrats fight this, stating hypocrisy.
More information will be presented as the Supreme Court hearings’ conclude on the week of October 12-16. During these hearings, they have discussed multiple things including Barrett’s beliefs. They also discussed how the court would move forward with issues such as removing the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, and reproductive rights. During these hearings, they discussed the next step in this process. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote to approve Barrett on October 22nd. Additional information will be provided at a later date and will be updated.