A surprising report by the Washington Post revealed that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, has already overcome the coronavirus.
Citing “three officials familiar with her diagnosis,” the Post reports that Barrett had the coronavirus over the summer and that she recovered from it.
The bad news
This all comes after President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and a number of people in the president’s circle have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past several days.
One theory out there is that the virus was spread during Barrett’s recent nomination ceremony at the White House Rose Garden on September 26. The ceremony was attended by, among others, the president and first lady as well as by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), former presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway, and University of Notre Dame president John Jenkins.
All of these individuals have revealed that they have since tested positive for COVID-19.
Whether this event was the epicenter of this recent outbreak is unclear.
The good news
Others who were at the nomination ceremony are also being tested, and some of those tests have already come back negative. This includes Barrett herself and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Some Democrats seem to be hoping that this outbreak would stop the confirmation process of Barrett from proceeding. “No business should proceed in the Senate until we understand the scope of this crisis,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), argued.
However, not only has Barrett tested negative, but the fact that she has already recovered from COVID-19 puts her at less of a risk going forward. In other words, it is likely that the coronavirus isn’t going to stop her from being able to participate in the Senate confirmation hearing.
“Full steam ahead”
McConnell’s negative test also bodes well for the confirmation process. Given his position as Senate Majority Leader, he is one of the driving forces of that confirmation process.
“Just finished a great phone call with @POTUS,” McConnel tweeted on Friday. “He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve.”
So, although we have some bad news with the president, first lady, and others contracting COVID-19, the good news is that Barrett’s confirmation is still a go.