By Eliza Dojan
The U.S Supreme Court’s newest justice, Amy Coney Barrett, was sworn in on October 27, 2020. Barrett has served as a regular court judge for only 3 years before she was nominated by President Trump to replace the new vacancy in the Supreme Court. The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left an opening in the court very close to an important election where many policies and ideas were on the line.
Barrett being appointed to the Supreme Court is very controversial in the fact that she was sworn in before the election. It was Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish that the seat remain vacant until after the election. With Barrett filling the vacancy, the court now has a 7 to 3 majority favoring the Republican party. This means many things that are up in the air such as climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, and healthcare will more likely be settled to favor the more conservative ideals. Many people are doubting Barrett’s qualifications due to how she has “answered” press questions. For example, in one recent interview she was asked what freedoms are granted with the 1st Amendment and she had trouble fully answering the question and initially left out the freedom of protest.
People have many different opinions when it comes to recent politics and Barrett. I personally believe that the vacancy should’ve been left open until after the election so the Supreme Court could be left more even with less bias towards the right. Something I think everyone can agree on is that, with this election, America is in for a wild ride.