Amy Coney Barrett’s hearings have been a rollercoaster ride.
Led by Kamala Harris, Democrats are growing more and more desperate as she continues to succeed.
Now, Amy Coney Barrett shut down Kamala Harris with one answer.
Recently, Democratic nominee for vice president, Kamala Harris, tried to trap Barrett through a series of questions posed to her during one of her hearings.
Below is a transcript of Harris’s questioning and Barrett’s deft response:
H: “Do you accept that COVID-19 is infectious?”
B: “Um, I think yes, I do accept that COVID-19 is infectious, that that’s something of which I feel like we could say you take judicial notice of. It’s an obvious fact, yes.”
H: “Do you accept that smoking causes cancer?”
B: “I’m not sure exactly where you’re going with this…”
H: “The question is what it is, you can answer it… yes or no.”
B: “Senator Harris, yes, every package of cigarettes warns that smoking causes cancer.”
H: “And do you believe that climate change is happening and is threatening the air we breathe and the water we drink?”
B: “Senator, again, I was wondering where you were going with that. You have asked me a series of questions that are completely uncontroversial like whether COVID-19 is infectious, whether smoking causes cancer, and then trying to analogize that to eliciting an opinion from me that is on a very contentious matter of public debate. And I will not do that. I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial, because that’s inconsistent with the judicial role, as I’ve explained.”
Harris attempted to maneuver Barrett into a corner from which she could not escape.
But Barrett sensed the trap and avoided it.
Lately, people have been calling Barrett “unflappable” in the face of constant threats, insults, and tricks such as the ones Harris pulled.
If anything, this encounter further demonstrates her unflappability in the face of pressure.
This is especially important for a new Supreme Court Justice.
In addition to her impressive display countering Harris, Barrett also impressed Senator Dianne Feinstein in her answer to the issue of severability – the main issue in the case of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Barrett defined severability as:
“It’s designed to effectuate your intent, but you know, severability is designed to say, ‘Well, would Congress still want the statute to stand even with this provision gone? Would Congress have still passed the same statute without it? So, I think, insofar as it tries to effectuate what Congress would have wanted, it’s the Court and Congress working hand-in-hand.”
These two instances – her unflappability in the face of political insults and her impressive knowledge of the inner workings of politics – have shown her to be a good candidate for SCOTUS.
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