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Pete Buttigieg sums up outrage over Amy Coney Barrett confirmation to Supreme Court in just 3 words

Amy Coney Barrett at her 2017 confirmation hearings for a federal judgeship.
Amy Coney Barrett at her 2017 confirmation hearings for a federal judgeship.Photo: Screenshot CSPAN via Wikipedia

The U.S. Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court with every Republican except for Sen. Susan Collins (ME) voting for her and every single Democrat voting against her.

The Supreme Court now has a six-to-three conservative majority; just peeling off one conservative to support equal rights won’t cut it anymore.

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And Barrett is unlikely to be that one conservative to break ranks and side with LGBTQ people. A Christian conservative, she has publicly said she opposes LGBTQ equality, volunteered as a trustee at a school that bans LGBTQ people, and even gave paid speeches on behalf of an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

So it’s no surprise that LGBTQ people on social media last night were less than content about the prospect of the 48-year-old judge getting a lifetime appointment to the high court.

Pete Buttigieg captured the mood: “Vote them out.”

HRC’s Charlotte Clymer explained the call to expand the Supreme Court in a thread.

But the bottom line is that if Joe Biden (with the help of a Democratic Senate) increases the size of the Supreme Court to be more representative, Barrett will no longer be part of the majority.

Donald Trump’s lesbian niece Mary L. Trump agreed.

Barrett has been a federal judge since she was first appointed in 2017 and before that she was a professor at the University of Notre Dame, making her one of the least experienced persons nominated to the Supreme Court in decades. RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage noticed.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reminded her followers that while Senate Republicans refuse to pass COVID relief during the global pandemic, they voted to confirm a judge who analysts believe could vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away health care coverage from millions.

Drag star Darienne Lake made a similar point.

A mass marriage for same-sex couples was held over the weekend because of the possibility that Barrett will vote to overturn marriage equality in the U.S., which drove the point home.

LGBTQ (current and former) elected officials also spoke out on Barrett’s confirmation.

So this is all why Chasten Buttigieg wanted major media outlets to listen to LGBTQ people on Barrett’s confirmation.

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