"Justice Scalia taught me more than just law. He was devoted to his family, resolute in his beliefs, and fearless of criticism." -Judge Barrett
Feinstein asks Barrett if she agrees with Scalia's criticism of the same-sex marriage ruling. Barrett says she won't express her views. She then notes she would not discriminate based on "sexual preference," an offensive term that suggests sexuality is a choice, which it is not.
Would be really curious to see an analysis of how often Scalia's nine children -- and how he "managed," "balanced," "juggled" them -- were mentioned during his SCOTUS confirmation hearing.
Judge Barrett is refusing to answer whether she agrees with Scalia's opposition to same sex marriage and LGBTQ community rights. She is saying that she has never discriminated based on "sexual preference."
Note: "Sexual orientation" is the accepted term.
Justice Amy Barrett seems so nice & moderate. Who would believe that she sat at the feet of the fire-breathing #Scalia? Has she been groomed as a sleeper cell? To move the church much closer to the state, & to interpret the Constitution exactly as written 200 years ago?
Judge Barrett was shaped by Justice Antonin Scalia's straightforward judicial philosophy: "A judge must apply the law as it is written, not as she wishes it were."
“If I’m confirmed, you would not be getting Justice Scalia. You would be getting Justice Barrett." -Judge Barrett
I HOPE EVERY WOMAN IN AMERICA IS LISTENING RIGHT NOW AS @SenFeinstein
QUESTIONS BARRETT. SHE WILL NOT SAY IF SHE DISAGREES WITH FORMER JUSTICE SCALIA THAT ROE SHOULD BE OVERTURNED. THAT MEANS SHE WILL BE THE DECIDING VOTE TO OVERTURN IT.
Amy Coney Barrett won’t say if she believes Roe was wrongly decided as Scalia believed. Says “its contours” could come up before the court and says “I don’t have any agenda.” Feinstein says “it’s distressing not to get a straight answer.”
Barrett is refusing to answer whether she agrees with Justice Scalia that Roe v Wade was wrongly decided or should be overturned, saying “I can’t express views on cases or pre-commit”
When you look at Amy Coney Barrett, you should see the barely reanimated corpse of Antonin Scalia. That is all she is. And in case you missed it, yeah, she'd overturn Roe and nullify marriage equality without losing a second's sleep. She's just refusing to say so.
People are not paying attention. ACB is not a textuallist. She is a strict constructionist. That is a step beyond even where Scalia was. In his own words, Scalia said ‘no one should be a strict constructionist’.
"Judge Barrett in a number of speeches and law review articles that she's written makes it clear that she is more extreme than Justice Scalia." Sen. @ChrisCoons
This is almost verbatim the answer Scalia gave on Roe (no agenda). He called for the overturning of Roe in the first case he was part of thereafter. https://t.co/YNLEEyW24q
Amy Coney Barrett refused to say whether she agrees with Justice Scalia that LGBTQ+ Americans don’t deserve to marry
Asked by Feinstein if she agreed with Scalia’s criticism of same sex marriage ruling, Barrett says: “I’m not going to express a view ... I really can’t do that in any point of law” because the issue might come before her. “I would not discrimanate on basis of sexual preference.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: “Do you agree with Justice Scalia’s view that Roe [v. Wade] was wrongly decided?”
Barrett declines to answer: “If I express a view on a precedent … it signals to litigants that I might tilt one way or another in a pending case.” https://t.co/OFIhfeFBUy
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Fun fact: The phrase that Barrett used “we are a government of laws, not of men” is one that Scalia used often and was also used in Chief Justice Roberts’s opinion disagreeing that the Constitution protects marriage equality (Obergefell), which Scalia joined.
Amy Coney Barrett says Antonin Scalia was a mentor to her but if she's confirmed, "You wouldn't be getting Justice Scalia, you would be getting Justice Barrett."
Another fun fact: Scalia also used the phrase in his dissent in King v Burwell –– an opinion that would have struck down the Affordable Care Act. https://t.co/xwxrDIF6I6
In the ACA oral arguments, Scalia sounded just exactly as though his main briefing came from Fox News, which it almost certainly did. https://t.co/Qm3FnczWiF
"Brown v. Board of Education, one of the most important cases of the 20th century, would have turned out the other way if the justices had accepted originalist principles."
Judge Barrett refuses to express a view on LGBT rights, whether she agrees with the late Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent. https://t.co/FLTnDS88Nm
Amy Coney Barrett says she’s an “originalist” like Scalia: “I interpret the Constitution as a law … and I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified. That meaning doesn’t change over time and it’s not up to me to update it.” https://t.co/9PtXxuNKwW
FEINSTEIN: "Do you agree with Justice Scalia's view that Roe was wrongly decided?"
BARRETT: ... "I can't pre-commit or say yes, I'm going in with some agenda, because I'm not. I don't have any agenda. I have no agenda to try to overrule Casey."
The fundamental deceit here: Scalia, Barrett’s mentor, agreed that Congress should set the laws.
Unless the law was signed by a Democratic President, in which case he could be counted on to vote to strike it down. ACA, VRA, immigration, the environment.
Barrett backed him.
Amy Coney Barrett, stated Scalia was her mentor but she keeps quoting Justice Ginsburg to defend herself. It’s a bit disgusting since she doesn’t have any of Ruth’s beliefs.
“If I were confirmed, you would be getting Justice Barrett, not Justice Scalia."
Amy Coney Barrett sticks to the standard practice of declining to reveal how she would rule on future high court cases.
.@norahodonnell says Amy Coney Barrett comes off as "a very skilled, a very likable jurist" in her confirmation hearings, and "she is resisting the 'female Scalia' label" https://t.co/NN41m59TpP