President Donald Trump has stated that he believes Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will look at issues before the court in a similar fashion to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, by applying the “law as written.”
During the president’s formal nomination of Barrett on Sunday, he referred to Barrett as "one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds." He continued, "She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution."
Trump’s Democrat rivals have strongly criticized his decision to nominate Barrett. Democrats have gone so far as to drag her adopted children into the fray. “Anti-racism” educator Ibram X.
Kendi referred to Barrett as a “white colonizer” for her adoption of two black children from Haiti.
“Some White colonizers ‘adopted’ Black children,” wrote Kendi on Twitter. “They ‘civilized’ these ‘savage’ children in the ‘superior’ ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity.”
In a follow-up tweet, Kendi attempted to deflect criticism, stating: “And whether this is Barret or not is not the point. It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.”
Journalist Christine Grimaldi of Rewire News Group echoed Kendi’s remarks with the claim that Barrett is “weaponizing her white womanhood to grab whatever power managed to slip through the cracks in the Trump administration’s unrelenting misogyny,” adding that Barrett and Trump were both using her black children to “score political points.”
During an interview on Fox & Friends, Trump elaborated on his decision and why he believed Barret was the correct person to fill the vacancy on the court.
“Mostly, I'm looking for somebody that can interpret the Constitution as written,” the president said. “We say it all the time and [Barrett] is very strong on that.”
Trump stated that he expected Barrett would apply a similar judicial philosophy to that of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016, saying she would “apply the law as written.”
President Trump also stated that he had not discussed specific positions on topics such as gun rights and abortion right Barrett, but he believes from her past opinions that she will rule in a conservative approach if cases were brought before the Supreme Court.
Trump pointed that he has already stood at odds with the opinions of the court, especially following an exceedingly rare rebuke of the president by Chief Justice John G. Roberts in 2018.
Barrett’s addition to the Supreme Court could rebalance the scales of justice to provide fairer outcomes for conservatives concerned about the Second Amendment and the rights of the unborn. Barrett has criticized the contentious Roe v. Wade ruling, which conservatives would like to see repealed.
The Senate is expected to swear Barrett into the Supreme Court in the coming weeks ahead of the 2020 election.