WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined MSNBC Live to discuss the judicial philosophy of Judge Amy Coney Barrett and the impact of her confirmation on the American people.
“As I'll lay out in detail, she has broadcast clearly that her views on respecting precedent – which is a fancy way of saying going back and overturning long-settled cases – are more in line with Justice Thomas, putting her at the absolute far right end of the Supreme Court, more conservative even than Justice Scalia.
“This doesn't just affect the Affordable Care Act – although that’s important in the middle of a pandemic. This may affect reproductive rights, it may affect individual liberties, it may affect immigration law and long settled issues in criminal law and criminal justice that your average American doesn't think is at stake in this confirmation hearing. I understand that for millions of Americans, they have more pressing concerns than listening to this confirmation hearing, but I think they should pay attention to the ways in which Judge Barrett has views so extreme as to make her unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court.”
Full audio and video available here.