Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice replacing liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Confirmation serves as political victory for President Trump

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP) (Greg Nash, The Hill)

WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day, handing President Donald Trump a political victory.

She was confirmed to the Supreme Court with a 52-48 vote on Monday night.

She replaces liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died at the age of 87 in September.

Local reactions

Following the confirmation members of the Democratic and Republican parties in Michigan issued statements.

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes.

"Today, Senators Stabenow and Peters stood with Michigan families and the more than 4 million Michiganders with pre-existing health conditions as Donald Trump and Republicans rammed through a nominee in their cynical effort to use the Supreme Court to advance a dangerous agenda that was rejected by Congress and the American people.

As I said when Amy Coney Barrett was nominated, this is an outrageous attack by Trump on the Affordable Care Act -- which protects people with pre-existing conditions and has expanded access to Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of families in our state. We cannot allow this harmful agenda supported ’2000%' by John James to win the day -- especially as millions of Michiganders across the state have already voted.

With so much at stake in this election, it’s clear we must do everything in our power to send Joe Biden to the White House and re-elect Gary Peters to the Senate on November 3 to fight for our working families."

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox also released a statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Barrett.

“President Trump promised Americans that he would appoint rule of law justices to the Supreme Court, who would protect and defend our constitution. Tonight’s confirmation of his nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a fulfillment of this promise. Justice Barrett will bring dignity and esteem to the Supreme Court with her originalist approach, and Americans can be proud to know that they have yet another justice defending their rights and the Constitution of the United States,” said Cox.

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