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9 attendees at SCOTUS nomination Rose Garden event test positive for COVID-19

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A week ago, several top White House officials mingled with guests in the Rose Garden as President Donald Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Many of those guests were seen not wearing masks, fist bumping and greeting one another in close proximity, and their seats didn’t appear to be 6 feet apart.

PHOTO: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Oct. 4, 2020, at the White House in Washington.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Oct. 4, 2020, at the White House in Washington.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Oct. 4, 2020, at the White House in Washington.

On the following Monday, nine days after the event, White House

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At least 8 people who attended a White House Rose Garden event for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination have tested positive for COVID-19

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a group of people sitting on a bench in a park: President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP Photo


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President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP Photo

  • At least eight people who attended an event on September 26 where President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick have since tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus on Friday. 
  • At least 150 people attended the event last week.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday at an event with 150 attendees. 

Almost a week later on Friday, Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Now the event has come under some scrutiny, as at least eight attendees have tested positive for the virus this week.

It’s unclear if

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The Rose Garden Ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett May Have Been a Super-Spreader Event. Could It Derail Her Supreme Court Nomination?

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Republican senators, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, are trying to rush through the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett in near-record time, hoping to confirm her as the Court’s ninth justice by Election Day, now just a month away.

But the coronavirus may end up thwarting those plans.

It’s looking more and more like the Rose Garden ceremony held on September 26 to announce Barrett’s nomination to the seat left vacant by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will have turned out to be a super-spreader event. A number of attendees, including two key senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee—Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah—and, of course, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, have since tested positive for coronavirus and have entered quarantine. Among the other attendees who have announced that they too have tested positive:

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Pictured: Attendees of White House SCOTUS nomination ceremony who tested positive for coronavirus

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The late fall afternoon was lovely. The scene at a packed White House Rose Garden to formally announce a conservative replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was jubilant. Republican senators, leading conservatives and dozens of President Trump’s top supporters and aides hugged and cheered as Trump introduced Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26.

[Visual timeline of Trump’s movements before his positive coronavirus test]

The ceremony, which included indoor receptions in addition to the outdoor announcement, is drawing scrutiny as a possible superspreader event as a coronavirus outbreak continues to spread through official Washington.

At least eight people who attended have tested positive for the virus. Trump is hospitalized with the disease it causes. Many of those who caught the infection were seated closely together. Scroll

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At least 7 people who attended a White House Rose Garden event for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination have tested positive for COVID-19

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a group of people in a park: President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP Photo


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President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP Photo

  • At least seven people who attended an event on Saturday where President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick have now tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Trump announced that he tested positive for the virus on Friday. 
  • At least 150 people attended the event on Saturday. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday at an event with 150 attendees. 

Almost a week later on Friday, Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Now the event has come under some scrutiny, as at least seven attendees have tested positive for the virus this week.

It’s unclear if the Rose Garden gathering was a super-spreader event, or how or when those who

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7 attendees of SCOTUS nomination at Rose Garden test positive for COVID-19

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Less than a week ago, several top White House officials mingled with guests in the Rose Garden as President Donald Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Many of those guests were seen not wearing masks, fist bumping and greeting one another in close proximity, and their seats didn’t appear to be 6 feet apart.

First lady Melania Trump sits next to Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett's family as President Donald Trump announces Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.

First lady Melania Trump sits next to Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s family, including husband Jesse Barrett and their seven children, as President Donald Trump announces Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington,

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6 attendees of SCOTUS nomination at Rose Garden test positive for COVID-19

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Less than a week ago, several top White House officials mingled with guests in the Rose Garden as President Donald Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.



a group of people sitting on a bench: First lady Melania Trump sits next to Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett's family as President Donald Trump announces Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.


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First lady Melania Trump sits next to Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s family as President Donald Trump announces Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.

Many of those guests were seen not wearing masks, fist bumping and greeting one another in close proximity, and their seats didn’t appear to be 6 feet apart.

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On Thursday night, Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest advisers, tested positive for coronavirus, then the president and first lady Melania Trump also tested positive. The president and his wife were

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5 attendees of SCOTUS nomination at Rose Garden test positive for COVID-19

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Less than a week ago, several top White House officials mingled with guests in the Rose Garden as President Donald Trump officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.



a group of people sitting on a bench: First lady Melania Trump sits next to Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett's family as President Donald Trump announces Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.


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First lady Melania Trump sits next to Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s family as President Donald Trump announces Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.

Many of those guests were seen not wearing masks, fist bumping and greeting one another in close proximity, and their seats didn’t appear to be 6 feet apart.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Guests watch as President Donald Trump introduces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House Sept. 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C.


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Guests watch as President Donald Trump introduces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House Sept. 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday night,

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