Airdate: Supreme Revenge: Battle For The Court

Documentary Supreme Revenge: Battle For The Court delves into the context of Justice Amy Coney Barrett appointed to the US Supreme Court just days before the 2020 presidential election.

This was produced by Frontline for PBS America.

With the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett days before the 2020 presidential election, conservatives secured a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court – and the chance to shape American life and policy for a generation.

Behind it all was a powerful Republican from Kentucky – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for whom Barrett’s confirmation was a crowning achievement in a hard-fought, decades-long effort to transform the nation’s highest court.

The documentary traces how a 30-year-old grievance – starting with the bruising confirmation hearing of President Reagan’s failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, presided over by then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) – sparked a vow from the then-freshman Senator McConnell to retaliate, and how he made good on that promise in the years to come.

Sunday, 17 January at 9.40pm on SBS.

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