“When you’re on the courtroom,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., started one query wherein he requested her to maintain an open thoughts on the excessive courtroom bench. Barrett readily agreed to take action.
In an change with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Barrett resisted the invitation to explicitly endorse or reject the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s feedback about perpetuating “racial entitlement” in a key voting rights case.
“After I stated that Justice Scalia’s philosophy is mine, too, I actually didn’t imply to say that each sentence that got here out of Justice Scalia’s mouth or each sentence that he wrote is one which I might agree with,” Barrett stated.
She known as the Voting Rights Act a “triumph within the civil rights motion,” with out discussing the specifics of the sooner problem to it. The courtroom will hear one other problem to the regulation early subsequent 12 months.
One of many extra dramatic moments got here late Wednesday when Barrett informed California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, that she would not say whether or not racial discrimination in voting nonetheless exists nor specific a view on local weather change.
Harris requested if she agreed with Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote in a 2013 voting rights case that “voting discrimination nonetheless exists; nobody doubts that.”
Barrett stated she would “not touch upon what any justice stated in an opinion.”
Requested whether or not “local weather change is going on,” Barrett stated she would not interact as a result of it’s “a really contentious matter of public debate.” Barrett did, nonetheless, say she believes the novel coronavirus is infectious and smoking causes most cancers.