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Who is Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

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President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The president made the announcement during the much anticipated White House event Saturday. He also joked before Barrett came up to speak that she would have a smooth confirmation, knowing that the Democrats are ready to put up fight.

“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” said Trump. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.”

Her story is remarkable and those who know her, including some who worked for Justice Ginsburg, support her nomination. She is a devoted wife and the working mother of seven children. Two of her children were adopted from Haiti and one child has special needs. In her address at the White House post her nomination, she spoke highly of her husband and the importance of family.
 

She would be only the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court. With her confirmation she would become the only mother currently on the Court.

Yet, it is her future that will determine the course of the nation. Her love for the Constitution and justice makes her the best warrior to protecting America and the rights our nation grants its citizens.

Here’s some fast facts about Barrett and why this decision by President Trump will mark his legacy and in my opinion make his presidency one of the greatest in modern political history.

Her Career and Education

  • First, Barrett serves as a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, after she was confirmed to that court with Bipartisan support in 2017.
  • She graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College and summa cum laude and first in her class from Notre Dame Law School
  •  Barrett clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and renowned Circuit Court Judge Laurence Silberman.
  •  Scalia considered her his best student
  • The American Bar Association rated her “well qualified” during her 2017 Circuit Court confirmation
  •  Barrett is a Professor at Notre Dame Law School since 2002.
  • Formerly, she taught law at the University of Virginia and George Washington University 

More than 70 prominent legal scholars signed a letter in support of Barrett’s 2017 nomination
 

Important Facts:

  • All living  Supreme Court clerks who worked with Barrett in 1998 wrote in support her nomination. Three of those clerks worked for Justice Ginsburg.
  •  Every single full-time faculty member at Notre Dame Law School – 49 total – signed a letter in support of Barrett’s nomination
  •   470 of Barrett’s former students signed a letter in support of her nomination in 2017 
  • Barrett is a devout Catholic, and is actively involved in her community and her church
  • Barrett Attended Notre Dame Law School On A Full-Tuition Fellowship And Won The Hoynes Prize, Given To The Graduate With The Best Academic Record.
  • Barrett Served As Executive Editor Of The Notre Dame Law Review. (“Hon. Amy Coney Barrett,” University Of Notre Dame, Accessed 9/19/20)
  • All living  Supreme Court clerks who worked with Barrett in 1998 wrote in support her nomination. Three of those clerks worked for Justice Ginsburg.
  •  Every single full-time faculty member at Notre Dame Law School – 49 total – signed a letter in support of Barrett’s nomination
  •   470 of Barrett’s former students signed a letter in support of her nomination in 2017 
  • Barrett is a devout Catholic, and is actively involved in her community and her church
  • Barrett Attended Notre Dame Law School On A Full-Tuition Fellowship And Won The Hoynes Prize, Given To The Graduate With The Best Academic Record.
  • Barrett Served As Executive Editor Of The Notre Dame Law Review. (“Hon. Amy Coney Barrett,” University Of Notre Dame, Accessed 9/19/20)
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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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