Justice Amy Coney Barrett is the favorite to replace Ruth Ginsburg in the United States Supreme Court. This woman, the mother of a large family, marks all the boxes in the eyes of the American religious right. But his ultra-religious profile could also act as a scarecrow for moderate voters, six weeks before the presidential election.
“I reserve it for [remplacer] Ruth Ginsburg. “This is what US President Donald Trump told his advisers about Amy Coney Barrett 2018, the last time a Supreme Court position was left. After death On September 18, from the highly respected Dean of the Supreme Court of America, the name of this judge returned to the Court of Appeal naturally at the forefront.
“Dogmatism lives deep within you”
Since then, Donald Trump has done nothing to allay fears of liberals who see Amy Coney Barrett as their worst nightmare. She was also the first of the candidates for this subject to be received, on Monday, September 21, in the White House by the President, who had confirmed the day before his desire to appoint a woman to replace Ruth Ginsburg.
For the Republican Party’s more conservative wing, Amy Coney Barrett’s eventual arrival on the Supreme Court would be the culmination of the long work of reshaping the judiciary during the Trump era. This 48-year-old woman marks all the boxes on the right wing for the Conservatives.
His legal CV is not available. She is one of the most respected academics from the prestigious Notre Dame University of Law, Indiana, where she has been named “Teacher of the Year” three times since 2014. Prior to that, she had worked in some of the country’s most renowned conservative lawyers and judges. as Antonin Scalia, who was the dean of the United States Supreme Court.
Since joining the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) in 2017, she has also gained the respect of her peers. They acknowledge in him his perfect mastery of the mysteries of the law and his ability to remain in the legal nails without denying anything, however, for his deep religious and conservative convictions, reminds ScotusBlog, a website that covers news from the US Supreme Court.
But in addition to her impeccable legal pedigree, it is above all Amy Coney Barrett, the ardent Catholic, who the American ultra-religious circles want to see succeed Ruth Ginsburg. She has become the darling of this very important voter in Donald Trump’s eyes.
Her political baptism as the face of religious law dates back to 2017, during her trial for the appellate judge, which she still occupies. Democrats, who did not want her because of her overly anti-abortion profile, then criticized her harshly, blaming her for “a personal story that suggests she would have her religious beliefs over everything else.” California Senator Diane Feinstein even added: “Dogmatism [religieux] lives deep within you “.
A statement that made Amy Coney Barrett, for the most religious Americans, the victim of the “anti-religious exaggeration” of the American liberals. T-shirts and mugs adorned with this phrase had even been made and sold, New York Time reports.
It must be said that she has her faith attached to her body. He who together with his husband raises seven children, two of whom were adopted in Haiti, carries high family values so dear to this segment of the population. She actively participates in community life in her hometown of South Bend, where she regularly participates in home football matches.
It is also linked to a religious group with a sulfur-rich reputation, called people’s praise. Amy Coney Barrett has never confirmed that she is a member of this Catholic community, but her father and her husband were senior executives, revealed the New York Times. This group, described by some as sectarian, applies principles of life that do not differ from those depicted in the dystopian work “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
As in the series, members must swear obedience to society, and each is assigned a guardian. These guides have a huge impact on the lives of their students, as they have an impact on their romantic relationships, their choice of career, place of residence or even the decision to buy or not buy a property, says the New York Times.
Amy Coney Barrett’s proximity to this community has been a privileged approach for Democrats since she was among the serious candidates for a Supreme Court seat. “Of course, this type of group can sometimes be so invasive that it becomes difficult for a member to maintain their independence,” concludes Sarah Barringer Gordon, a professor of American law history at the University of Pennsylvania. , interviewed by the New York Times.
Tear up the right to abortion?
The religious right will probably send the mushroom on these links with a group that is least eccentric as long as its political agenda is defended in the Supreme Court by their masters. Starts with the thorny issue of the right to abortion. And Amy Coney Barrett never hid that she was hostile to it. “Her voice, as a woman, will surely carry more weight in things than a man’s,” emphasizes the Wall Street Journal. But during her legal career, she always said that she would respect the precedent of the Supreme Court in this matter. In other words, she does not intend to question the very principle of the right to abortion if she were to become the Supreme Court.
But it can help tear it up. In fact, she has written opinions that differ from certain judgments in favor of the right to abortion, indicating her belief that states have a certain latitude for limiting the resources for this operation, Scotusblog recalls.
She is also very attached to another conservative hobby horse: the right to own a gun. Amy Coney Barrett is what in the United States is called an “originalist”, which means that she interprets the constitution according to what she believes are the founders of the founders. She applied this doctrine in a case in 2019 that won her praise from the gun lobby. She then distanced herself from the rest of the Court of Appeal, which had decided that a man with a criminal record was not allowed to own a weapon. For Amy Coney Barrette, while the authors of the Constitution really did not want to leave a gun in the hands of a “dangerous” man, a criminal record did not automatically mean that the person was dangerous with a weapon.
Amy Coney Barrett therefore has all the qualities to “move the lines of the cultural struggle”, enthusiastic Federalists, a conservative website fighting for his candidacy. But there is also a large catch that during this election period can be fatal for him. His assets in the eyes of the evangelists could be a handicap for the more moderate voters that Donald Trump will need if he wants to hope to be re-elected. If she were given the name “we would only talk about abortion until the election, which would galvanize the Democrats and prevent us from being heard by voters who are less sensitive to this issue”, fears a member of the Republican Party preferred to remain anonymous, was interviewed by the Washington Post.
The election for Donald Trump therefore risks being difficult: to realize the dream of his election base by leaning the Supreme Court to the right for a long time thanks to a candidate of only 48 years, or to elect a less controversial judge to improve his chances of being re-elected.