Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett insisted on Sunday that the court was not as partisan an institution as many outside observers claim as Democrats continue to direct their anger at the court after several rulings pro-Republicans in recent weeks.
“My goal today is to convince you that this tribunal is not made up of a bunch of partisan hacks,” Barrett said, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.
“The media, as well as the hot shots on Twitter, report the results and the decisions… It makes the decision appear to be results-driven,” Barrett added, according to the Courier Journal. “And here’s the problem: Sometimes I don’t like the results of my decisions. But it’s not my job to decide cases based on the outcome I want.”
“Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties,” Barrett also said.
The judge made the remarks at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Whose center is named after, was also present at the event and introduced Barrett.
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The youngest judge’s remarks come at a time when the court is under fire from Democrats who are protesting against its recent rulings, particularly a case concerning an abortion law in Texas in which the Supreme Court has authorized the entry into force of the law while a dispute is pending in the courts.
“The Republicans promised to quash Roe v Wade, and they did,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. said, despite the court ruling doing no such thing and was simply procedural. “Democrats can either abolish filibuster and expand the tribunal, or do nothing as the bodies, rights and lives of millions of people are sacrificed for the rule of a far-right minority.”
“The Supreme Court has opened the door wide to the annulment of Roe v. Wade,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Said. “The Democrats in the Senate have the power to fix this problem now by removing filibuster and passing my legislation to expand the Supreme Court. Ginsbourg. “
Many Democrats have made similar comments following another recent move overturning President Biden’s deportation ban.
Barrett addressed that type of criticism on Sunday, saying she welcomes the review of the rationale for the court’s rulings and philosophy. But she defended the judges against criticism that they act on all kinds of partisan bias.
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“Saying the court’s reasoning is wrong is different from saying the court is acting in a partisan way,” Barrett said. “I think we have to assess what the tribunal is doing on its own terms.”
Democrats also say their antipathy to the court is rooted in the actions of the GOP-controlled Senate to confirm judges whose judicial philosophies they agree with – including Barrett herself – and block those they are in. disagreement with philosophies.
The fundamental offense, Democrats say, is that Republicans blocked Obama candidate Merrick Garland for several months before the 2016 presidential election and confirmed Barrett just weeks before the 2020 election. McConnell says the situation was different in 2020 because the Senate and the Presidency were controlled by the same party. Democrats say it’s a shaky argument meant only to justify the GOP’s cold political calculations.
Barrett on Sunday allowed that she and her fellow judges can make mistakes and said they need to be “hyper vigilant to make sure they don’t let personal biases creep into their decisions because judges are also people “.
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Barrett is not the only judge to have made public remarks in recent days. Judge Stephen Breyer was on a media tour which included an appearance on “Fox News Sunday”. Breyer, appointed by former President Clinton, has also recently been the target of the Liberals.
Progressive Democrats want Justice to retire before the mid-term of 2022 so Democrats can replace him before Republicans have a chance to retake the Senate. They are also upset with Breyer over a series of comments he warned about their court tampering schemes.
“Well, if one party could do it, I guess another party could do it,” Breyer said of the court wrapping on “Fox News Sunday”. “On the surface, it seems to me that you are starting to change all of these things and people will lose faith in the court.”
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Sam Dorman and Associated Press contributed to this report.