The Real Reason Trump Chose Amy Coney Barrett.

What set her apart from the rest of the Judges he could have chosen is a pretty ominous sign of what’s to come.

Lauren Martinchek
Oct 15 · 4 min read
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With the Supreme Court confirmation process well underway for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Senate, it’s difficult not to feel the full weight of helplessness and raw anger when considering the breadth of ways that her place on the bench will negatively impact the American people. But as time passes and it begins to sink in that everything from climate change legislation to labor laws and healthcare is on the line, in order to prepare for what’s to come it feels critical to understand what it is about this particular woman that set her apart from the rest of the conservative Judges throughout the country. What made her stand out? After all, it’s not be difficult to find a conservative Judge willing to overturn Roe vs Wade or the Affordable Care Act.

What’s a little more rare, however, is a Judge who actively participated in the theft of the 2000 election in Florida, like Amy Coney Barrett.

Beth Reinhard and Tom Hamburger of The Washington Post write:

“Amy Coney Barrett was just three years out of law school, a 28-year-old associate at a boutique Washington law firm, when she was dispatched to Florida to help George W. Bush’s legal team rescue thousands of Republican absentee ballots.

…At issue were thousands of absentee ballot request forms in Martin County — just north of Palm Beach County, home of the notorious “butterfly ballot” — that had missing voter registration information.

After county officials allowed the GOP to take the forms back and fill in the missing information, a Democratic voter sued, saying ballots cast by those voters should be tossed out. The county canvassing board, the Florida Republican Party and the Bush campaign argued that the votes should still count.

…As both parties brace for the possibility of another contested election that Trump has suggested could go to the high court, the previously unreported role of his Supreme Court nominee in the absentee ballot fight is more than a historical footnote. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh also played a role in Bush v. Goremeaning that if Barrett is confirmed, three of the nine justices will have participated in litigation related to the only presidential contest to be decided by the high court.”

Donald Trump does not care about whether or not someone chooses to get an abortion. He does not care about health insurance, or a companies ability to deny you coverage based on a pre-existing condition. At this point it feels almost trivial, even mundane to point out that all that motivates him is money, and the preservation of his own personal power. As we grow closer and closer to an election that the President has already said he will take to the courts if necessary in order to ensure the outcome is in his favor, can we really be surprised that his selection for the Supreme Court is a woman who was on the frontlines giving him the blueprint on how to do it?

For Donald Trump, there was only one litmus test Amy Coney Barrett needed to pass, and she passed it at 28 years old before she was even a Judge.

It feels safe to draw the conclusion that the moment Donald Trump learned that she helped to steal the 2000 election for George Bush, that was the moment he decided she was the one. If the election is even remotely close and ultimately ends up in the Supreme Court as he hopes it will, he could not have chosen a more surefire guarantee that his pick will work in his favor when the time comes.

With all this in mind, is there really any such thing as hyperbole when it comes to Donald Trump and the lengths he is willing to go in order to stay in power for nothing more than the preservation of his image? As boring and as exhausting as it feels to continuously point out, are we ready to accept the fact that he really is not going to go quietly? Is it sinking in that he has selected the ideal person in order to help not just his own personal efforts to stay in office, but the theocratic fascist agenda of the modern Republican party as an added bonus?

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Lauren Martinchek

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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News and ideas worthy of discourse. Fundamentally informative and intelligently analytical.

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