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The critical importance of helping President Trump continue to reshape the federal judiciary

by | Oct 30, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

[Left to right] Jesse Barrett, Justice Barrett’s husband; Justice Amy Coney Barrett; President Donald Trump; Melania Trump; and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

I think I may not be alone when I say the following did not fully resonate  until very recently.

We all know that President Donald Trump has nominated—and had confirmed—three Supreme Court justices in his first term. The last President to replace three justices in his first term was Richard Nixon! Not pro-abortionists Barack Obama and Bill Clinton nor pro-lifers George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. 

And the  caliber of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett would make any President proud. 

Writing an op-ed for the Washington Post that appeared on Wednesday, Marc A. Thiessen reminded us, “With the Senate’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has cemented his legacy as the most important president in the modern era when it comes to shaping the judiciary.”

Naturally, we’ve written extensively about Justice Barrett at National Right to Life News Today []. She is a genuinely remarkable woman in every phase of her life. The mother of seven, she graduated at the top of her class from Notre Dame Law School and (as President Trump tongue in cheek noted) is “the only current justice to have a law degree from a school other than Harvard or Yale.” 

I am not a lawyer, so I don’t pretend to have read her judicial opinions and come away with a deep understanding of her philosophy. What I do know is people whose opinion I trust—beginning with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—assure us not only that she has a scintillating legal mind but also is possessed of a modest and respectful judicial temperament. 

As Sen. McConnell said of now-Justice Barrett just prior to her 52-48 confirmation vote

Judge Barrett’s mastery of the Constitution gives her a firm grasp on the judicial role. She has pledged to ‘apply the law as written, not as she wishes it were.’ Her testimony, her writings, and her reputation confirm a total commitment to impartiality.

And that her clerks, students, and colleagues adore her. 

Sen. McConnell continued

We’ve heard moving testimony from former students whom Judge Barrett went out of her way to help and to mentor. Her past clerks describe an exemplary boss. Her fellow scholars describe a winsome, respectful colleague who is tailor made for the collaborative atmosphere of the Court.

If, like I did, you happened to have a chance to watch a YouTube video of “An Evening with Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” which took place on February 19, 2019 and was hosted by the Notre Dame Club of Washington, D.C., it’d be difficult not to say, “Wow.” 

In that same Washington Post op-ed, Thiessen offered a “what-if” scenario. 

Imagine how different the court would look today if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election. She probably would have nominated a judicial activist to replace Scalia, creating a 5-to-4 liberal majority. She would have replaced Ginsburg with another liberal, securing that seat for decades. She might have had a third pick if Justice Stephen G. Breyer made the same decision as Kennedy and retired when a president he trusted was in office. The damage done by the activist liberal court Clinton ushered in would have been breathtaking.

Thanks to your work, which made an invaluable contribution to the election of President Trump,  that parade of horrible did not come to pass. Just the opposite.

It is up to us to ensure that a Biden-Harris team not have the opportunity to  do damage to the federal judiciary and to choose the next justices to the Supreme Court.

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