President Trump told confidants he had big plans for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. “I’m saving her for Ginsburg,” Trump said of Barrett, according to three sources familiar with the president’s private comments.
Trump used that exact line with a number of people, including in a private conversation with an adviser two days before announcing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Barrett is a favorite among conservative activists, many of whom wanted her to take Kennedy’s spot. She’s young and proudly embraces her Catholic faith. Her past academic writings suggest an openness to overturning Roe v. Wade. Her nomination would throw gas on the culture-war fires, which Trump relishes.
As I have reported on previous occasions, Barrett belongs to a small Catholic sect that some have called a cult. People Of Praise, until recently, called its female members “handmaids.” For real.