Twitter Reacts to Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation
It came down to a 52-48 vote.
The U.S. Senate has voted, 52-48, to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, CNN reports. The move cements the court's conservative majority and just minutes after the decision, many politicians offered up their opinions, calling out what can be seen as a move on healthcare (during a pandemic, no less), women's rights, and more.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the only senator to cross party lines, saying that it was simply too close to Election Day to consider a nominee. The confirmation vote comes has been singled out as "one of the quickest nomination proceedings in modern times" and comes just a month after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Many progressive politicians stated that the appointment — and Barrett's views on topics such as the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade — goes against what the majority of Americans want. Some called the quickie confirmation an abuse of power.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was more straightforward in her reaction.
Notable journalists and politicos alike pointed out that President Donald Trump has appointed three judges to the Supreme Court even though he lost the popular vote back in 2016 — adding that the GOP has actually lost six of the last event popular votes: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016.