Celebrities are speaking out on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
On Monday evening, the conservative appeals court judge became the 115th justice on the Court after the Senate voted 52-48 in favor of her confirmation.
Per The New York Times, the 48-year-old is the first justice to be confirmed without support from a single member of the minority party. Barrett is also one of the youngest people to join the Court, and only the fifth woman.
"My fellow Americans, even though we judges don't face elections, we still work for you. It is your Constitution that establishes the rule of law and the judicial independence that is so central to it," Barrett said in a Monday-evening speech at the White House.
"The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor, and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences."
After news broke, a number of celebrities voiced their disapproval, given Barrett’s controversial past writings.
Though Barrett is a socially conservative Catholic who has spoken out about her personal opposition to abortion, she says she will judge cases based on the law and not on her personal or religious views.
Writer Roxane Gay took a shot at Barrett’s work experience, which many have criticized as being sparse.
Who knew you could make it to the Supreme Court without ever trying a case and being a judge for only 3 years. White women finally get to fail upward too!— roxane gay (@rgay) October 27, 2020
Actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard believes Barrett will be “controlled by her religious dogma” and will make decisions that will hurt women’s reproductive rights, as well as same-sex marriage.
not shred of doubt that this woman has total contempt of other women who demand #reproductivejustice she will do anything to destroy #LGBTQ marriage & protection, she is controlled by her religious dogma & has relented all sense of intellectual acuity we need to brace ourselves https://t.co/H71B3ZzFfg— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) October 26, 2020
On a similar note, Cher believes Barrett will “vote down” the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The SCOTUS is expected to hear arguments in a case on that issue one week after the November 3 election.
New Supreme Court Crazy’s 1st Case,May Decide Presidency. One Week After Election She’ll Vote Down Affordable Care Act,No Preexisting Condts.She’ll Keep Trump’s Taxes Hidden, Bring Up ROE V.WADE. Undo & Vote Against LGBTQ Rights,& ON& ON. VOTE NOW,OUR LIVES DEPEND ON YOUR VOTE— Cher (@cher) October 27, 2020
Rob Reiner slammed Barrett for attending “a campaign event for a disgraceful desperate Sociopath,” which appears to be in reference to Barrett posing with President Donald Trump on the Truman Balcony.
Immediately after being sworn in, our latest Supreme Court Justice attends a campaign event for a disgraceful desperate Sociopath. The Corruption is shameless.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 27, 2020
Bette Midler brought up the report that, per the Associated Press, Barrett served as a trustee of several private Christian schools that did not welcome students of same-sex parents, gay teachers, or transgender people. (School officials told the AP that Barrett was not directly involved in the formation of the anti-gay policy.)
#AmyConeyBarret, on Board of a school that won’t allow in a student with a gay parent, has been groomed for decades, the ultimate product of #theKochs, #TheFederalists, #TheHeritageFoundation. You working stiffs mean nothing to them. 5 days for one justice and no relief for you.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) October 27, 2020
On Tuesday morning, Barrett officially began her tenure on the Supreme Court after she recited the judicial oath in a ceremony administered by Chief Justice John Roberts.