The two cable channels did not cover the 52-48 vote in the Senate, but CNN aired the swearing-in ceremony later at the White House by Justice Clarence Thomas, it was reported.
CNN’s coverage of the swearing-in was framed in the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus and compared the White House ceremony to a “super-spreader” event, like President Trump’s speech at an event in the Rose Garden last month that he had selected Barrett as his nominee.
CNN ran a flag during Monday’s ceremony that read: “TRUMP SUPREME CT NOMINEE ABOUT TO BE SWORN IN AT WH AT ANOTHER POTENTIAL SUPERSPREADER EVENT.”
“Having confirmed her to the Circuit Court in 2017 with bipartisan support, the Senate has already undertaken a thorough and rigorous review of her record,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said after President Trump made the proposal last month.
During Justice Barrett’s career, she has constantly braced our U.S. Constitution as written. The American Bar Association gave Barrett its highest rating, and she has an extraordinary track record across the legal profession—as a judge, professor, and litigator.
Moreover, she will bring a valuable new perspective to our High Court.
Justice Barrett is the first mother of school-aged children to become a Supreme Court Justice. She is also only the fifth woman ever to serve in the post.
As the mother of a child with special needs, she understands the problems and concerns regarding our nation’s most vulnerable people.
Justice Barrett has made her philosophy clear: She will not legislate from the bench. “Courts have a vital responsibility to the rule of law, which is critical to a free society, but courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” she said during her confirmation hearings.
“The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches, elected by and accountable to the people,” she added.
One letter, written by Justice Barrett’s former law assistants, calls her way principled and independent-minded. “Judge Barrett taught us that a good judge will not always like the results she reaches; a good judge goes wherever the law leads,” it reads.
Justice Barrett is a representative of a loving yet impartial judge, according to her colleagues at Notre Dame Law School, where she graduated with excellence.
“If we are to protect our institutions, and protect the freedoms, and protect the rule of law that’s the basis for the society and the freedom that we all enjoy—if we want that for our children and our children’s children—then we need to participate in that work,” Justice Barrett said.