Democrats have expressed outrage and accused Republicans of hypocrisy given Judge Garland’s treatment, but have few options to delay his appointment, much less to stop him. Instead, they have focused on getting Republicans to pay the ballot box and discuss ways to neutralize Mr. Trump in court if they win the election.
Mr. Trump met with Judge Barrett at the White House on Monday and Tuesday and said he personally liked it. While he said he had a list of five finalists, he never interviewed anyone else for the job and passed Judge Barbara Lagoa of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States, who appealed to campaign advisers over the Cuban-American heritage and its roots in Florida, a critical battle state in the presidential race.
Despite Mr. Trump’s penchant for drama and intrigue surrounding his top two Supreme Court appeals, the selection process since Judge Jinsburg died last Friday has been fairly low and surprisingly predictable. The president has long said he was waiting to put Judge Barrett in court and has told confidants in 2018 that he was “saving her for Ginsburg”.
If confirmed, Judge Barrett would become the 115th justice in the nation’s history and the fifth woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. At 48, he would be the youngest member of the current court, as well as the sixth Catholic. And it will be Mr. Trump’s third appointment to the court, more than any other president has installed in a first term since Richard M. Nixon had four, joining Judges Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Judge Barrett graduated from Notre Dame Law School and later joined the school. He has been an employee of Justice Scalia and shares his constitutional views. He is described as a textualist who interprets the law based on his simple words instead of seeking to understand the legislative purpose and as an prototype who applies the Constitution as understood by those who drafted and ratified it.
She has been a judge for only three years, appointed by Mr. Trump to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017. Her confirmation hearing produced fireworks when Republicans challenged public statements and Catholicism. This made her an immediate celebrity among religious conservatives, who saw her as a victim of prejudice based on her faith.
Judge Barrett and her husband Jesse Barrett, a former federal prosecutor, are said to be members of a small, relatively dark Christian group. called the Man of Praise. The group developed from the universal charismatic renewal movement that began in the late 1960s and adopted Pentecostal practices such as speaking in tongues, faith in prophecy, and divine healing. The couple has seven children, all under 20, including two adopted from Haiti and a young son with Down syndrome.