This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on July 13, 2022.
Rakim Brooks, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice, said Barrett has turned out to be exactly what progressives expected – and warned about.
“I don’t think there were really any surprises,” Brooks said. “We’re on the record as seeing her as being part of the Trump court, which is to say a set of very right, radical ideologues produced by the Federalist Society over a couple of generations now.”
Sometimes – though rarely – conservative or liberal justices take a position that supports the opposite ideology. The most notable recent example was when Gorsuch sided in 2020 with three employees who were fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Brooks said it’s too early to say if there are areas where Barrett’s judicial philosophy may align with progressive positions.