America has a new Supreme Court justice, confirmed by the Senate 52-to-48 and sworn into office an hour later. It was a month to the day after President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett that Clarence Thomas swore her in Monday night in a White House ceremony.
Still, her opponents fought to the end, insisting her confirmation was rushed and wrong. As Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) argued on the Senate floor earlier in the day, “This Republican majority is ramming this nomination through only because they can.”
Barrett backers maintain the process followed the Constitution and at the White House ceremony, the president spoke of Barrett’s sacred place in history.
He said to her, “Justice Barrett, as you take your oath tonight, the legacy of our ancestors falls to you. The American people put their trust in you and their faith in you as you take up the task of defending our laws, our Constitution, and this country that we all love.”
In her comments after her swearing-in, Barrett stated, “I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it establishes and I will devote myself to preserving it.”