While announcing Barrett was his official pick from the Rose Garden, Trump said, "Judge Barrett was confirmed to the circuit court three years ago by a bipartisan vote. Her qualifications are unsurpassed and her record is beyond reproach. This should be a straightforward and prompt confirmation."
He added, "To maintain security, liberty, and prosperity we must preserve our priceless heritage of a nation of laws, and there's no one better to do that than Amy Coney Barrett."
Leading up to the nomination, critics claimed the winner of November's presidential election should choose Ginsburg's replacement. If Barrett is confirmed by the Senate before the election, she would be Trump's third Supreme Court pick during his first term as president, following Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and would bring a 6-3 conservative majority.
WATCH: President Trump introduces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
"She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution." pic.twitter.com/AF512kaqGW
While the mother-of-seven's devotion to Catholicism has found widespread support from right-wing advocates, the left fear her religious background may affect such issues asabortion rights. Liberals have also voiced their concern over Barrett's views on healthcare, gun control and immigration.
After Trump made the announcement, celebrities, politicians and other media figures took to social media to react, including the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who shared his disappointment over Trump's nominee.
"Supreme Court decisions affect our everyday lives, and the Constitution was designed to give voters a voice on who makes those decisions," Biden tweeted. "The Senate shouldn't act until after the American people select their next president and the next Congress. Americans deserve to be heard."
See more reactions in the tweets, below.
Today, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — a jurist with a written track record of disagreeing with the Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Trump’s hand-picked successor to Justice Ginsburg’s seat makes it clear: they intend to destroy the Affordable Care Act & overturn Roe. This selection would move the court further right for a generation & harm millions of Americans.
Trump made a bargain in 2016: support him and he would let right-wing, pro-corporate groups hand-pick their favorites for the Supreme Court. Trump has dutifully pulled all his nominees’ names straight off the extremist-approved list. https://t.co/qKvfgbpsIw
Trump APPOINTS FEMALE NEOCON JUDGE WHO PLEDGES BEHIND THE SCENES, 2 KILL ACA & PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS DURING A PANDEMIC,& ROE WADE 2 GO. SICK CHILDREN WILL SUFFER BECAUSE MEDICINES TOO EXPENSIVE .NO💰4 DIALYSIS,HEART CANCER, KIDNEY DISEASES, IF PPL DONT GET TREATMENT THEY DIE
THIS IS A LAST DITCH POWER GRAB. At GRAVE risk: 🚨Universal Healthcare 🚨Preexisting Conditions PROTECTIONS 🚨Women’s Bodily Autonomy 🚨Voting Rights 🚨Response to the Climate Crisis#Trump said he is pushing this through so she can vote him in w/ contested election results. https://t.co/zAOLCsqPgA