Boom: Amy Coney Barrett Shuts Down Chris Coons Over Scalia Question During Confirmation Hearing

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)


Amy Coney Barrett has been impressive as hell throughout the confirmation hearing process this week, and perhaps nothing illustrates that better than pointed remarks she made in response to a question from Democratic Sen. Chris Coons earlier today.

Coons, who is the junior senator from Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware, was pressing Barrett on a 1996 case in which the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dissented. Coons seemed to be suggesting – or at the very least trying to draw it out – that Barrett’s judicial style would mirror Scalia’s, who she has said she admires and views as a mentor.

She shut him down quick:

As she has done many times during these hearings, Barrett drew a distinction between the late Justice Scalia and a “Justice Barrett,” despite their sharing an originalist approach to the Constitution and Scalia having been her mentor.

“I hope that you aren’t suggesting that I don’t have my own mind or that I couldn’t think independently or that I would just decide like — ‘let me see what Justice Scalia said about this in the past’ — because I assure you I have my own mind,” Barrett pointedly told Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. “I share his philosophy, but I have never said that I would always reach the same outcome as he did.”

Watch the video below:


The longer version is here:

Coons, who had a picture of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in front of him throughout the hearing, then virtue signaled and yada yada’d for a short time about how, in his view, “memorable dissents [like Scalia’s] may make for great academic reading, but I think most Americans don’t expect them to become the law of the land” before letting Judge Barrett know that he would be voting against her confirmation.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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