Differing Narratives Emerge on SCOTUS Frontrunner Amy Coney Barrett

Headline Roundup September 22nd, 2020

U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett is considered a frontrunner to be President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett, 48, serves on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and was appointed by Trump in 2017. Her emergence has been the focus of media coverage and analysis from throughout the political spectrum.

Some reports from left-rated sources concentrated on criticisms of Barrett's stances on LGBTQ issues and women's rights. Coverage from right-rated sources is more concentrated on praise of Barrett's judicial record and religious stances. Many right-rated outlets reported on a Newsweek article which connects the People of Praise, a religious group of which Barrett a member, to The Handmaid's Tale, a TV show about an anti-women dystopia. Many other reports on all sides focused on Circuit Court Judge Barbara Lagoa, who is also considered a frontrunner.

Differing Narratives Emerge on SCOTUS Frontrunner Amy Coney Barrett

From the Right
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President Trump is said to be zeroing in on Amy Coney Barrett as a nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, though the president has said he is considering five candidates, according to reports.

Barrett, a Midwestern Catholic and favorite of pro-life advocates, had separate meetings with Trump and White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Monday, sources told Bloomberg. Many inside the White House, as well as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, would support the nomination of Barrett, a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court...

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From the Left
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The women on President Donald Trump's shortlist to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court do not reflect Ginsburg’s legacy and could undo key civil rights victories she backed during her 27 years on the court, LGBTQ and civil rights advocates warn.

“Just having a woman, any woman, does not cut it,” Sunu P. Chandy, legal director of the progressive National Women’s Law Center, told NBC News. “We need someone with deep civil rights experience and background if we are looking to fill the legacy of her seat...

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Amy Coney Barrett, a front-runner for the open U.S. Supreme Court seat President Donald Trump is pushing to fill, is a favorite among religious conservatives.

As a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett, 48, has voted in favor of one of Trump’s hardline immigration policies and shown support for expansive gun rights. Here are some of her most notable opinions.

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Barrett indicated support for gun rights in a March 2019 dissenting opinion.

She was part of a three-judge panel that considered a challenge...

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