Democrats have expressed indignation at the onslaught and accused Republicans of hypocrisy over their treatment of Judge Garland, but they have few options to slow down, let alone stop, the nomination. Instead, they have focused on making Republicans pay at the ballot box and debating how to counter Mr Trump’s influence on the court if they win the election.
Mr Trump met with Judge Barrett at the White House Monday and Tuesday and is said to like her personally. While he said he had a list of five finalists, he never interviewed anyone for the job, handing Judge Barbara Lagoa of the United States Court of Appeals for the 1
Despite Mr. Trump’s penchant for drama and the intrigue that surrounded his first two Supreme Court seat choices, the selection process has been fairly restrained and surprisingly predictable since Justice Ginsburg’s death last Friday. The president has long signaled that he expects to bring Judge Barrett to justice and has been quoted as telling confidants in 2018 that he “saved them for Ginsburg.”
If so confirmed, Judge Barrett would become the 115th judiciary in the nation’s history and the fifth woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. At 48, she would be the youngest member of the current court and its sixth Catholic. And she would be Mr. Trump’s third court appointment, more than any other president in a first term since Richard M. Nixon’s four years, joining Judges Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Judge Barrett graduated from Notre Dame Law School and later joined the faculty. She worked for Justice Scalia and shares his constitutional views. She is described as a textualist who interprets the law based on its simple words rather than understanding the legislative purpose, and an originalist who applies the Constitution as understood by those who drafted and ratified it.
She has been a judge for only three years and was named to the United States Court of Appeals for the seventh circuit by Mr. Trump in 2017. Their confirmation hearing sparked fireworks as Democratic senators questioned their public statements and their Catholicism. This made her an instant celebrity among religious conservatives whom she viewed as victims of bias because of her beliefs.
Judge Barrett and her husband, Jesse Barrett, a former federal attorney, are believed to be members of a small and relatively obscure Christian group called the People of Praise. The group grew out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement that began in the late 1960s and adopted Pentecostal practices such as speaking in tongues, believing in prophecy, and divine healing. The couple have seven children, all under 20, including two adopted from Haiti and a young son with Down syndrome.