Editorial: Supreme Court nomination of Barrett upsetting

Staff Editorial

Amy Coney Barrett was appointed to the United States Supreme Court Monday following a Senate vote along party lines.

According to The Associated Press, it was the first time in modern politics that a justice was appointed without an support from the minority party, in this instance the Democrats.

We at The Daily Eastern News believe that this is a dark day in American politics, and one that will affect the future of millions of Americans for possibly decades.

With three Supreme Court nominees from President Trump and two from George W. Bush, five of the nine justices on the Supreme Court were nominated by a president that did not win the popular vote.

The Republican senators who voted to appoint Barrett represent 15 million fewer Americans than the Democratic senators who opposed the appointment.

That does not sound like a very representative government.

Another layer to Barrett’s nomination is the fact that there are now six conservative justices on the court compared to three liberal justices.

This means that issues like Roe v. Wade and The Affordable Care Act, which currently insures more that 23 million people, are in danger of being struck down by the Supreme Court.

Barrett’s nomination also revealed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would flip his principles. He did not allow a vote on President Obama’s nominee in 2016 following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, saying a new president should nominate a justice, but miraculously changed his mind after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and pushed Barrett through the nomination process.

Barrett’s nomination is one of the most upsetting days over the last several years, and millions of Americans are likely to be affected by it.