resident Donald Trump
officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the United States Supreme Court during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House Saturday.
‘Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,’ Trump said, making his nomination official as Barrett stood to his side. ‘She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution: Judge Amy Coney Barrett.’
Barrett had been a leading contender for the nomination, having been considered for the seat now occupied by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed in 2018.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge had met with Trump this week.
Barrett called the ceremony a ‘rather overwhelming occasion’ and a ‘momentous decision’ for a president.
‘If the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities to the very best of my ability: I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution.’
‘I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court,’ she added.
Barrett, at one point, spoke directly to the American people: ‘The president has nominated me to serve on the United States Supreme Court and that institution belongs to all of us.’
”I would assume this role to serve you,’ she pledged.
She entered the Rose Garden in lock step with the president, with her seven children and husband and first lady Melania Trump not far behind.
‘This should be a straighforward and prompt confirmation. It should be very easy,’ Trump said with a laugh, adding, ‘Good luck. It will be very quick … We said that the last time, didn’t we?’ a reference to the 2018 Kavanaugh fight.
‘I further urge all members of the other side of the aisle to provide Judge Barrett with the respectful and dignified hearing that she deserves, and frankly, that our county deserves,’ Trump said.