Women across the U.S. took to the streets following Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings last week, protesting her rushed nomination and honoring the legacy of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
After four days of dodged questions by Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett—and barrages of disapproving remarks by Senate Democrats—Congress and the American public seem no more informed on Barrett than they were when Trump rushed her appointment, just a week after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing.
“I’ve been having terrifying, recurring dreams. Nightmares, really. In one, a woman died. Let’s call her Ruth. …
“No matter what, this Ruth, a victim of four cancers, had to be alive and kicking, true to her Brooklyn nickname, Kiki, until at least January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day. … Only after that date would her seat be vacant.”
In many cases to come—including some in the next few months—federal courts will issue rulings on whether the federal government can take action to combat the climate crisis, and to what extent. A new justice could tip the scales.
The government’s ability and responsibility to protect our clean air is at risk.
From September 18, the day Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, through September 29, weekday cable news hosted overwhelmingly white and primarily male guests to discuss her legacy and President Donald Trump’s September 26 nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. 76% of the guests on weekday cable news were white and 62% were men.
“In the days since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, I have frequently thought not only about the monumental impact that her work as a litigator and Supreme Court Justice has had on the lives of all people in this country—but also about her friendship with my grandmother, Dr. Estelle Ramey.”
Ms. spoke with the ACLU’s Chase Strangio about the anti-trans religious front’s recent pivot from a focus on trans people in bathrooms to trans people in sports, as well as the recent passing of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and what these events mean for the state of trans rights in the U.S..
In 2016, eight months was a rush—but now six weeks is plenty of time to put a new justice into a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.
Here’s how Senate Republicans felt in 2016, and what they’ve said publicly now.
Trump’s commitment to picking a woman appears political: Trump’s administration has been criticized for being male-dominated, and his support is dwindling with women voters. That includes white women, who played a key role in his 2016 victory. Picking Amy Coney Barrett is likely an effort to bring them back into the fold.
But when it comes to winning over voters, analysts agreed the strategy appears at the very least ineffective—and potentially counterproductive.
Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court—48-year-old, right-wing Amy Coney Barrett—is poised to take the seat of women’s rights icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg and destroy her legacy.