Amy Coney Barrett: What would RBG think?

Alisson Ramos-Mendoza, writer

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, republican Amy Coney Barrett was nominated for the Supreme Court by Donald Trump in late September. A month after, October 26, 2020, the Senate voted 52-48 confirming Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice, filling the spot after Ruth Bager Ginsburg. There wasn’t much of a celebration, there was controversy. Americans are divided. Barrett is a threat to the left, and her conservative views may bring change that favors a conservative agenda.

Amy Coney Barrett is a mother of seven children and a religious Catholic. In 2017, after Justice Anthony Kennedy´s retirement, Barrett’s name was floating around as a possible nominate, instead they use Brett Kavanaugh as his replacement. Barrett was up for nomination once again this year because Republicans found her unique and interesting. They believed she was a perfect candidate: she’s a young woman, strongly religious, and of course Republican. A woman who doesn’t want to separate church from state, anti-women’ rights, anti-LGBT+, anti-affordable healthcare, and with little to no experience. Democrats who weren’t in favor of Amy Coney Barrett as the next Supreme Court Justice, were accused of being sexist and anti-Catholic. Clearly, it was because she would take away everything they worked hard for.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death wish was for our government wait until after the election for her replacement to be chosen. “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg told her granddaughter days before she past. During Obama’s presidency, the Republicans didn’t allow him to nominate someone almost 9 months before the 2016 election. But, just 8 days after RBG’s death, Trump nominated Barrett and in less than a month, and Republicans voted her into the Supreme Court.

Republicans even stole RBG’s legendary nickname “Notorious RBG’s”, and handed it over to Barrett, now calling her “Notorious ACB.” Everything that Ginsburg worked for, the legacy she left behind, will be taken away by a woman who doesn’t care about human rights. My question for the Republicans is where is the respect for Ruth Bader Ginsburg?