Amy Coney Barrett Has Been Confirmed to the Supreme Court

People are terrified, confused, and angry about what's to come.

Amy Coney Barrett
(Image credit: SARAH SILBIGER)

With just eight days until Election Day, Amy Coney Barrett (opens in new tab) has officially been confirmed to the Supreme Court, filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat (opens in new tab). The Senate vote (opens in new tab) took place on the evening of October 26, in a vote of 52-48. Coney Barrett was sworn in by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas tonight at 9 p.m. at the White House. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the judicial oath (opens in new tab) during a private ceremony tomorrow, October 27, in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court.

Since President Donald Trump nominated Coney Barrett (opens in new tab) exactly a month ago, people across the nation have expressed concern about the judge's perceived views on topics like abortion (opens in new tab), LGBTQ+ rights, and gun safety while working in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, as well as her dedication to the judicial philosophy of originalism (opens in new tab). Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Barrett's mentor who she clerked for, interpreted the constitution this way while serving on the Supreme Court. Democratic politicians and constituents alike have questioned Judge Barrett's lack of experience (opens in new tab), and called the rushed confirmation process "a sham." (opens in new tab) Senate Republicans stand by the proceedings.

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) set to become one of the first cases (opens in new tab) the Supreme Court will hear with Judge Barrett on the Court, which threatens to take away coverage of preexisting conditions for millions of Americans in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are feeling terrified, angry, and anxious for what's to come with a majority conservative court. See the Twitter reactions to Coney Barrett's SCOTUS confirmation as associate justice, below.

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Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.