Instant View: Reaction to Trump plan to pick Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court


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  • Saturday, 26 Sep 2020

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to face reporters as he departs for campaign travel to North Carolina and Florida from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Saturday will name conservative federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two sources said on Friday.

Following are reactions to the president's plan:

KEVIN JENNINGS, HEAD OF LAMBDA LEGAL, AN LGBT LEGAL ADVOCACY GROUP

"If confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will unleash a Supreme Court majority that is hostile to all of our basic civil rights, and the impact will be felt for decades. ... Judge Barrett's personal belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, coupled with her unwillingness to affirm that the Supreme Court's decision making marriage equality the law of the land is settled law, should sound the alarm for anyone who cares about LGBTQ people and their families."

DAVID MCINTOSH, PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB FOR GROWTH

"Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an excellent selection who has shown a rock-solid commitment to originalism and the Constitution ... Yet again, President Trump has nominated an extraordinary judge to the Supreme Court. This choice will shape America's future, as the Court considers cases relating to issues like the constant unconstitutional growth of government and whether federal agencies should have free reign to enact arbitrary rules without Congressional approval."

FARHANA KHERA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MUSLIM ADVOCATES, A CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP

"American Muslims already know what's at stake. A Supreme Court with just one Trump justice upheld the Muslim Ban, enshrining a discriminatory policy that forced Muslims to live apart from their families and sent a message that our community is not welcome in this country. One with three Trump justices is capable of excusing so much worse."

MAT STAVER, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF LIBERTY COUNSEL, A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

"Amy Coney Barrett is the right choice for the U.S. Supreme Court because she applies the intent and text of the Constitution to the statutes she reviews. A judge should be a neutral interpreter of the Constitution who knows what it means to interpret and apply the law rather than an activist legislator who tries to create the law."

ALPHONSO DAVID, PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, AN LGBT RIGHTS ADVOCACY GROUP

"If she is nominated and confirmed, Coney Barrett would work to dismantle all that Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for during her extraordinary career. ... An appointment of this magnitude must be made by the president inaugurated in January. The Human Rights Campaign fervently opposes Coney Barrett's nomination, and this sham process."

MARCH FOR LIFE ORGANIZATION, ON TWITTER

"We await confirming @POTUS's nomination for the Supreme Court tomorrow. If Amy Coney Barrett, this is an excellent choice. Barrett is a scholar, teacher, woman of faith, and mother. She is exactly the trailblazer we want to see on the court."

BRETT HARTL, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR AT THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

"Judge Barrett is an ideological fanatic who lacks the temperament to rule fairly in the interests of all Americans. Her slim judicial record shows that she's hostile to the environment and will slam shut the courthouse doors to public interest advocates, to the delight of corporate polluters. Environmental justice, our climate and wildlife on the brink of extinction will all suffer if Barrett is confirmed."

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY

"If liberals actually cared about empowering women, they’d be applauding Judge Amy Coney Barrett - a working mom with impeccable legal credentials - not denigrating her with bigoted attacks on her Christian faith."

(Compiled by Andrew Chung; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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