“I stand before you today to fulfill one of my highest and most important duties under the United States Constitution,” said President Donald J. Trump while introducing Amy Coney Barrett On Saturday, as his next nomination for the replacement of Justice Ruth Ginsburg after her passing.
The President said that this confirmation would be a straightforward and prompt confirmation and that he was sure “it’ll be extremely non-controversial.”
On Sunday morning in an exclusive interview with “Fox and Friends,” the President clarified why he picked Judge Barrett.
“Mostly, I’m looking for somebody that can interpret the Constitution as written,” said the President. “We say it all the time and [Judge Amy Coney Barrett] is very strong on that.”
During her acceptance speech at the Rose Garden, Judge Barrett said that she has the same judicial philosophy as the late Justice Antonin Scalia, which is to “apply the law as written.”
“I clerked for Justice Scalia more than 20 years ago. But the lessons I learned still resonate. His judicial philosophy is mine, too. A judge must apply the law as written,” said Judge Barrett.
“Judges are not policy makers and they must be resolute and setting aside any policy views they might hold,” stated Judge Barrett.