Judge Amy Coney Barrett just blasted the silly Democrats and the Senate is shocked. One liberal senator, in particular, was explicitly called out for his line of questioning and wound up looking like a fool.
During Barrett’s confirmation hearings this week, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) strongly implied that Barrett — a student and friend of the late Justice Antonin Scalia — wouldn’t have her own independent mind on the Supreme Court.
“I hope that you aren’t suggesting that I do not have my own mind or I could not think independently or that I would just decide, ‘Oh, let me see what Justice Scalia said about this in the past,’ because I assure you I have my own mind,” said Barrett.
Coons brought up a particular case from 1965 in which Scalia thought was wrongly decided. The details of that case aren’t important, however — what is astounding is the condescension and even sexism that Coons displays.
He also brought up some connected cases as well, saying that Scalia had “dissented in each and every one of these cases,” therefore the narrative is that Barrett would always follow the same line of thinking because both are originalists.
“I do share Justice Scalia’s approach to text, originalism and textualism, but in the litany of cases you just identified, the particular votes that he cast are a different question of whether I would agree with the way he applied those principles,” said Barrett.
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