Florida Republicans react to Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett

by | Sep 26, 2020

As expected, President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court left by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” Trump said, unveiling his choice in front of an audience of around 200 people in the White House Rose Garden. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution, Judge Amy Coney Barrett

The move came as no surprise, as reports surfaced earlier this week that Trump would replace RBG with a conservative justice. Political insiders pegged Barrett as the favorite to fill the vacancy. Also on Trump’s shortlist of potential candidates was former Florida Supreme Court Justice Barabra Lagoa.

Republicans in the US Senate will look to act fast on the new nomination and confirm Barrett before the Nov. 3 election. According to reports, confirmation hearings are set for Oct. 12 before the 100-member Senate casts a final vote.

If confirmed, Barrett, 48, will cement a conservative majority in the high court, shifting the court right for decades to come.

Barrett, a deeply conservative jurist who passes Trump’s litmus test when it comes to defending the life of the unborn, has been lauded by Republicans for her cautious rulings on the 2nd Amendment, immigration, and the abortion.

While Barrett is garnering mainstream attention, many GOP officials in the Sunshine State have also weighed in on the newly nominated judge. Republicans in Florida have praised both Trump and Barrett, calling the nomination a win for those who value the Constitution.

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