Unlike her introduction ceremony in September, which became a “super-spreader event” in the words of Dr. Anthony Fauci, most of the attendees in the crowd on the South Lawn wore masks and sat in chairs that were spread apart.
The White House played up the pageantry, unusual for a Supreme Court justice. With the Marine Band playing and large American flags spread on the White House facade, the event had the feel of a victory lap for Trump, who is trying to overcome a deficit in the polls in the week before the election. He largely stuck to a Teleprompter script before Barrett was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas.
“A judge declares independence not only from Congress and the president, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her,