Thune Statement on the Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Serve on the Supreme Court

Thune Statement on the Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Serve on the Supreme Court

“One of the main reasons I ran for the Senate was for big moments like this one, and I plan on fulfilling my constitutional duty.”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The president had a strong list of principled and conservative jurists from which he could have chosen, and I applaud him for his selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Thune. “Judge Barrett deeply respects the Constitution, and she is committed to interpreting the law as written and applying it faithfully and impartially. Simply put, she doesn’t legislate from the bench. While I look forward to meeting Judge Barrett and learning more about her experience, her resume speaks for itself. She studied at Rhodes College and graduated first in her class from Notre Dame Law School, where

she was a beloved professor for more than 15 years. Judge Barrett received unanimous support from her colleagues at Notre Dame when she was nominated to the circuit court, and, since her bipartisan Senate confirmation in 2017, she’s served with distinction in the Midwest on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

“Unfortunately, Democrats have been opposed to Judge Barrett since before she was even nominated. I hope they abandon their partisan and undemocratic threats as the Senate turns its attention to fulfilling its constitutional duty of providing its advice and consent on the president’s nominee. One of the main reasons I ran for the Senate was for big moments like this one, and I plan on fulfilling my constitutional duty.”

Click here to read a recent op-ed from Sen. Thune about the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the importance of filling this vacancy on the Supreme Court.

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9 thoughts on “Thune Statement on the Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Serve on the Supreme Court”

  1. “The American people deserve to have their voices heard on the nomination of the next Supreme Court justice, who could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court for a generation. Since the next presidential election is already underway, the next president should make this lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.”

    Name that obstructionist senator…

  2. thune needs a conservative judge, end of story. bader–ginsburg’s demise has been a foregone conclusion for at least a year now. the energy that gets thrown into casting charges of “hypocritical” this or “opportunistic” that are tiresome and threadbare. frankly, all this energy should be put toward fixing problems, not playing keep-away with the solutions so the “right” people get credit or blame. waste your time all you want when you whine about this.

  3. So why arent his words in the first quote relavent anymore? It has nothing to do with the qualifications of the nominated judge, simply the precedent set by the republicans more than 4 years ago. Garland was never even brought for consideration due to that exact attitude.

    1. This is to replace Ginsburg. She just died. She said the President has the Constitutional authority to nominate replacements, the Senate has the Constitutional authority to advise and consent.

      Why do you not give Thune credit for honoring her at this time.

      P.S. You know Democrats would do it. We aren’t gonna be fools anymore. You want to rewrite the rules, don’t be surprised when we play by them.

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