WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, yesterday questioned Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Video of Senator Coons’ third round of questioning is available here.
“I worry that you reveal you don’t share the view of our Framers, in particular the Fourteenth Amendment Framers who understood constitutional rights to exist in significant part to right historical wrongs, not to ignore them, or entrench them,” said Senator Coons. “Our Constitution’s protection for people who are vulnerable or marginalized or are just different from the majority is what makes us a beacon to the rest of the world where there are so many countries where minorities, those who dare to live their lives differently are marginalized or oppressed. It is exactly this Glucksberg test that worries me most, because it excludes all such people from the circle of constitutional concern and protection. I’m troubled, Judge Kavanaugh, if you don’t understand that as the driving, animating force of our constitutional culture, and this is a test that is just not up to the task of vindicating our country’s greatest ideals.”