As my colleague Jennifer Van Laar wrote a short while ago, the United States Senate confirmed this evening Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to fill the Supreme Court of the United States seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over a month ago.
With her husband Jesse and a small group of seated guests on the South Lawn of the White House looking on, Barrett became only the fifth woman in U.S. history to be seated on the Supreme Court.
The scene for the swearing-in of Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn. pic.twitter.com/U3zNjlu8BG
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 27, 2020
In what appeared to be a purposeful demonstration of President Trump’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s strength in staying the course on Barrett’s nomination process, despite intense, political pressures from the legacy media and Democrats in Congress, the ceremony’s announcer stated that Pres. Trump was “accompanied by Justice Thomas and Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”
At the White House right now for the swearing in of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. pic.twitter.com/uCIC45nmg6
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 27, 2020
In his brief remarks before the ceremony, the president told the assembled audience and Americans looking in via televisions and computer screens, in part:
“It is highly fitting that Justice Barrett fills the seat of a true pioneer for women, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Trump continued. “Tonight, Justice Barrett becomes not only the fifth woman to serve on our nation’s highest court, but the very first mother of school-aged children to become a Supreme Court justice. Very important.
The march of liberty that began with the American Revolution continues onward this evening. Tonight at the White House, we carry forward the cause of freedom, equality, and justice, for which so many generations of Americans have given so much.
I want every American child watching to understand….you live in a land where everything is possible, and every dream can come true….your sacred rights can never be taken away.”
"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." – President Trump https://t.co/He49xeyhBF
— Ｄｉｇｉｔａｌ░Ｓｏｌｄｉｅｒ (@DanonMAGA) October 27, 2020
The newest associate justice selected 72-year-old Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, long considered one of the stalwart, Constitution textualists on the High Court, to deliver the oath of office. As Trump mentioned in his remarks, Thomas is the longest-serving Justice on the current court
But as Jennifer shared via Fox News earlier, Chief Justice John Roberts will conduct the swearing-in ceremony (Judicial Oath) itself..
Standing in front of Justice Clarence Thomas, donning a simple, little black dress with three-quarter-length sleeves, Barrett swore the oath.
Clarence Thomas officially swears in Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/KAk9rTHMyJ
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 27, 2020
Justice Barrett is highly-regarded by peers and former students alike, whether as a clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia or a law professor at Notre Dame University. In joining the Supreme Court, as her mentee and friend pointed out in a recent, two-part interview with RedState, Barrett will have the chance to live out her life-long dedication to the Constitution as it was written.
The oath of office, also known as the Constitutional Oath, reads as follows:
“I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Justice Clarence Thomas administers the oath of office for Justice Amy Coney Barrett pic.twitter.com/iESj58o9SA
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 27, 2020
After taking the oath, Barrett immediately stepped to the podium, thanking Pres. Trump and the U.S. Senate, singling out both Leader McConnell and Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham. She also thanked White House staffers and the Department of Justice for their assistance through the confirmation process.
In a show of humility that has shone through in the time Barrett has been in the public eye, she enthused about the support from people across the country, “[t]hrough ways both tangible and intangible, [who] made this day possible.” She continued, saying that the oath lays out her judicial duty as a Justice.
Barrett says it’s the job of a judge to “resist her policy preferences,” claiming it would be a “dereliction of duty” to give in to them.
Barrett is pledging to do her job “independently of the political branches and of my own preferences.”
In conclusion, echoing her remarks the day she was chosen by the president as a nominee for this august office, she said, “I love the Constitution and the Democratic Republic that it establishes, and I will devote myself to preserving it.”
You can watch Justice Barrett’s remarks below:
"I love the Constitution and the Democratic Republic that it establishes, and I will devote myself to preserving it."
Justice ACB has a good ring to it!pic.twitter.com/mEIeh3U8U0
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) October 27, 2020