"Amy is more than a stellar scholar and judge. She's also a profoundly devoted mother," Trump told those attending the Rose Garden announcement, adding Barrett will make history (if confirmed) as the first mother of school-aged children ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
48-year-old Barrett, who served as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, said that if confirmed by the Senate, she "would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake," but would seek to
apply the law as written and set aside any policy views she might hold.
DONALD TRUMP: Today, it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution. Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
For the last three years, Judge Barrett has served with immense distinction on the federal bench. Amy is more than a stellar scholar and judge; she's also a profoundly devoted mother. Her family is a core part of who Amy is. She opened her home and her heart, and adopted two beautiful children from Haiti. Her incredible bond with her youngest child, a son with Down Syndrome, is a true inspiration.
If confirmed, Justice Barrett will make history as the first mother of school-aged children ever to serve on the US Supreme Court. That's good.
AMY CONEY BARRETT: I fully understand that this is a momentous decision for a president. And if the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability.
I love the United States, and I love the United States Constitution.
But this evening, I also want to acknowledge you, my fellow Americans. The President has nominated me to serve on the United States Supreme Court, and that institution belongs to all of us.
If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake. I would assume this role to serve you.
I would discharge the judicial oath, which requires me to administer justice without respect to persons, do equal right to the poor and rich, and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Constitution.