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Amy Coney Barrett Has Broken John Oliver, Who Says It Is ‘Hopeless’

Amy Coney Barrett Has Broken John Oliver, Who Says It Is ‘Hopeless’

On Sunday night, John Oliver returned from a brief Emmys-timed break to the Last Week Tonight desk.

And the Emmy winner began by addressing the news of President Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late, great Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Barrett, a disciple of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, is anti-LGBT, anti-reproductive rights, and anti-immigrant. She belongs to a fringe Charismatic Christian sect called People of Praise, which believes women are second-class citizens to men and the highest level they can attain within the group is that of women’s-issues advocate, which until recently they called “handmaiden.”

“Trump is about to replace a liberal icon with an extremely conservative justice who’s been called the female Antonin Scalia, and she can serve for a long time,” explained Oliver. “Amy Coney Barrett is only 48, and I know that I make 43 look like 76, but trust me, that is young for a Supreme Court justice.”

“If, and almost certainly when, Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, the impact could be dire,” the HBO host continued. “In recent years, key cases have been decided by just one vote—from upholding the Affordable Care Act, to preserving DACA, to striking down an incredibly restrictive abortion law. Should those issues come before the court again, they could now easily go the other way. And there is clearly no point holding on to hope that conservatives might choose to respect they precedent they set by refusing to even consider Merrick Garland in an election year, because that was always in bad faith, as was obvious at the time.”

The comic then threw to audio of Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) in a closed-door meeting on Oct. 29, 2016, saying, “If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I’m gonna do everything I can do to make sure that four years from now, we’ve still got an opening on the Supreme Court.”

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