Donald Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

If confirmed by the Senate, the conservative judge will fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat.

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It's a dark day in America—President Donald Trump has officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett (opens in new tab) to the Supreme Court, eight days after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (opens in new tab). Coney Barrett, who is currently a judge on the seventh circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, is known for her anti-abortion (opens in new tab), anti-LGBTQ+, pro-gun (opens in new tab) views (opens in new tab) that will affect the livelihood of millions of Americans and, ultimately, the United States as we know it.

While Coney Barrett is not officially on the Supreme Court yet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is pushing to hold confirmation hearings and a vote before the election on November 3, 2020. This goes completely against what McConnell preached in 2016 when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. When President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace him, McConnell refused to hold a vote, citing the fact that it's an election year, and allowed President Obama's nomination to expire. Donald Trump ended up nominating Neil Gorsuch, a conservative judge, to the Supreme Court instead.

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Similar to the morning after the 2016 election, people across the country are feeling terrified, anxious, and worried for what's to come should the Senate vote to confirm Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. See some of the reactions to Coney Barrett's nomination, below.

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If you're looking to take action, contact your senators today and demand that they vote "no" on Coney Barrett's nomination. (You can see where senators stand on voting for a Supreme Court nominee during an election year here (opens in new tab).) You can also help flip the Senate blue and donate to the campaigns of John Hickenlooper (opens in new tab)Theresa Greenfield (opens in new tab)Mark Kelly (opens in new tab)Sara Gideon (opens in new tab)Jaime Harrison (opens in new tab)Amy McGrath (opens in new tab), and MJ Hegar (opens in new tab) who are running against Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), respectively, in the 2020 election.

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Rachel Epstein is a former editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.