Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed to Supreme Court

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Olivia Caggiano, Copy Editor

Last night, the Senate confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The controversial decision comes just eight days before election day. 

Judge Barrett was confirmed on a 52-48 vote, making her just the fifth woman in history to sit on the highest court in the country and giving the court a conservative majority.

All Republicans, except for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) voted to confirm Judge Barrett in the first party-divided nomination since the mid-1800s.

Democrats have heavily criticized the appointment of Barrett so close to election day, citing Senator Lindsay Graham’s statement in 2016, “I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, ‘Let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.”

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell defended the Republicans’ choice to go ahead with the nomination saying, “We don’t have any doubt, do we, that if the shoe was on the other foot, they’d be confirming this nominee. And have no doubt, if the shoe was on the other foot in 2016, they’d have done the same thing.”

The Court is widely expected to expand gun rights, impose limits on abortion, and make decisions that could have lasting impacts on LGBT rights, healthcare and immigration.