The U.S. Senate simply wrapped up its affirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett to interchange the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, and it was the circus you may need anticipated.
Throughout the hearings, Barrett didn’t alleviate any anxieties we had about her document of extremist stances on girls’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, folks of colour, and extra. In reality, she exasperated them.
Despite that, and though Barrett shouldn’t be even certified to be the federal decide she is now, the Republican-majority Senate prioritized dashing her hearings over passing the coronavirus financial aid invoice.
Spoiler: Barrett got here to the job interview with the boldness of an unqualified white man, and left us with extra questions on her competence than solutions.
Here are some highlights from the hearings that might lead any authorities with cause – which doesn’t embody the U.S. Senate – to make sure somebody like Barrett doesn’t get confirmed to the very best court docket within the land.
She would help overturning monumental civil rights rulings in favor of “state rights.”
State legislatures mustn’t have the “right” to discriminate in opposition to its residents. The federal authorities ought to assure all civil rights nationally. We shouldn’t should go to the U.S. Supreme Court to desegregate faculties or make marriage equality the regulation of the land, however we did.
And now “originalist” Barrett would go so far as suggesting she’d overturn Brown v. Board of Education, which banned segregation of public faculties nationwide, if that’s what states needed.
She doesn’t know all of the rights assured within the First Amendment.
You would assume somebody attempting to make a case for a seat on the Supreme Court would perceive the Constitution, proper? Guess once more.
She wouldn’t decide to supporting a peaceable switch of energy.
The most redeeming high quality in regards to the United States is that regardless of fascism coexisting with democracy, the respect and guidelines to maintain the democracy operating easily president after president stays bipartisan – sans President Donald Trump, that’s.
Given that Trump has hinted at not leaving workplace even when he loses the election, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker requested Barrett if she was dedicated to a peaceable switch of energy, which is a seemingly easy query. She alarmingly refused to reply whether or not she’s dedicated to it.
She referred to LGBTQ folks’s love as a “sexual preference.”
So, conservatives are nonetheless referring to sexual orientation as a “preference.”
I’ll preserve it easy as a result of that is science and never up for debate: LGBTQ+ persons are born LGBTQ+. End of story.
She reveals no signal of enhancing her stances on reproductive rights.
Barrett as soon as signed an advert calling Roe v Wade “barbaric.” In her hearings, she made no efforts to guard different girls’s reproductive rights.
She stored refusing to reply questions on contraceptives, abortion, and extra. Given her lack of transparency, we may solely assume she continues to have extremist beliefs that the federal government ought to have a say in a girl’s bodily autonomy.
She actually takes no notes.
To additional present us she’s not taking her sham of a affirmation listening to critically, Barrett proudly displayed her empty notepad to disclose she hasn’t been taking notes.
Whether you’re doing a job or taking a class, taking notes is one of the commonest methods to study and remind your self of vital info. It’s discouraging to see somebody seemingly not even jotting down considerations senators raised about her views.
These hearings solely affirm that Barrett is unqualified, and that she could be serving the pursuits of Donald Trump and the extremist right-wing somewhat than the pursuits of all Americans.
Barring something sudden, the Senate is more likely to affirm Barrett as the most recent Supreme Court justice. However, historical past won’t look kindly on those that rushed this course of and supported the nomination of an unqualified decide who lacks understanding for intersectional human rights in a partisan effort so as to add an additional safety blanket to strengthen fascism within the highest court docket.