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Donald Trump attends Judge Amy Coney Barrett's swearing-in at the White House on Monday, October 26.

Just returned from Pennsylvania where he held three meetings in the single day of Monday, October 26, Donald Trump attended the swearing-in of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the early evening, confirmed less than an hour earlier by the Senate. Although this confirmation was obtained as expected given the narrow Republican majority in the Upper Assembly, the judge became the first nominee in 150 years to be confirmed by votes from a single party. She was sworn in under the authority of Clarence Thomas, the most conservative judge of the Supreme Court, then she posed alongside the president in a campaign rally atmosphere.

In 2017, Neil Gorsuch had obtained 54 votes, including those of three Democrats, against 45. A year later, Brett Kavanaugh had collected 50 votes, including a Democrat, against 48. The Republican Party having won two seats in the elections of mid Mandate, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by 52 to 48 votes. A Republican senator, Susan Collins (Maine) voted with Democrats to protest such a nomination so close to the presidential election. The conservative judge will take up her duties on the eve of the presidential election and will therefore be able to arbitrate any electoral disputes.

The two judges appointed by Barack Obama, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor had obtained 63 votes and 68 votes respectively, more than the qualified majority then required and that the leader of the Republican majority, Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) suppressed in 2017. A By way of comparison, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, replaced by Amy Coney Barrett, appointed by Bill Clinton, had obtained 96 votes to 3.

Mitch McConnell had opposed the organization of the slightest vote for Judge Merrick Garland chosen by Barack Obama in March 2016. He argued from the presidential election scheduled for eight months later to believe that the Democratic president no longer had the legitimacy to make such a decision. The Republican obstruction was all the more determined that a confirmation from Merrick Garland would have tilted the majority of the highest legal body in the United States on the side of judges appointed by Democratic presidents.

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