• October 28, 2020

Progressives fear SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Civil Rights

 Progressives fear SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Civil Rights

President Trump announces Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court nominee in the Rose Garden. pic via your White House

Liberals and progressives were frightened after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. Now they’re terrified that President Donald Trump tapped Amy Coney Barrett to replace the Notorious RBG even before she was laid to rest (and after becoming the first female in American history to lie in state).

Even before President Trump officially nominated the 48-year-old in the Rose Garden over the weekend, the record of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge was already sending shivers through the spines of Democrats, especially those in the party’s progressive ranks. And it’s not only over Republican’s calculations that she’d support overturning Roe v. Wade.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body has not even been laid to rest and this president has already named her successor. Has he ever looked so desperate?” Nan Aron, the president for Alliance For Justice, said on a press call this weekend.

An initial report put out by the Alliance For Justice over the weekend goes deeper:

  • As Mark Joseph Stern noted, she has a “particularly cruel vision of the law.”
  • Barrett weakened Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – siding against a Black worker whose employer established a “separate-but-equal” policy of segregating their employees by race.
  • She ruled to gut protections for older workers. She overturned precedent to inhibit the ability of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect consumers.
  • She weakened Title IX protections, making it easier for students who are held accountable for sexual assault to sue their schools for sex discrimination.
  • And, contrary to every court that had looked at the issue, she would have prevented Congress from keeping weapons out of the hands of convicted felons.
  • Finally, Barrett repeatedly eroded protections for a constitutional criminal justice system and regularly attacked the rights of immigrants. Barrett’s views, as evidenced in the cases highlighted in this report are so extreme that she is challenged by other Republican appointed judges.   
  • Her opinions have inflicted real pain and suffering to workers, women, consumers, individuals in the criminal justice system, and immigrants.

This weekend, President Trump hailed her as “…a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution…”

But progressives accuse the president of lying (again).

“Let’s be clear Amy Coney Barrett is an extreme nominee who would clearly jeopardize our fundamental rights to equality and health care in schools and at work,” Gillian Branstetter, with the National Women’s Law Center, said. “It would turn back protections for survivors of sexual violence and would undo decades of progress for LGBTQ and for communities and people of color.”  

She says the pain for progressives stems, in part, from how Trump and his loyal GOP foot soldiers in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are upending the precedent left by McConnell himself when he refused to take up Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the last year of former President Barack Obama’s tenure.  

“The most horrifying part of this,” Branstetter said, “is the choice to make a mockery of our democracy and diminish the Court itself. People are already early voting and Trump and McConnell are racing to push this nominee so that they can fix the election and undemocratically control our lives and futures and defy the historic legacy of Justice Ginsburg.”  

Matt Laslo

Matt Laslo

Based in Washington, Matt Laslo is a veteran political and music reporter. Since 2006, he’s been a contributor with VICE News, VICE News Tonight HBO, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Billboard, The Atlantic, NPR, etc. He’s taught journalism at Boston University (MA) and The University of Maryland (BA). And he teaches political communications at The Johns Hopkins University MA in Government and Public Policy program. He can be found on most all social media platforms as @MattLaslo.

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