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    Monday marked the first of four days of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett, a mother of seven and former Notre Dame Law School professor, was grilled for 11 hours Tuesday, questioned about issues ranging from Roe v. Wade to the Affordable Care Act to if she “had ever sexually assaulted someone.” Suffice it to say, it was a typical Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Barrett, who was mentored by former Justice Antonin Scalia, follows in his foot steps as an “originalist” in interpretation of the Constitution and has served as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2017.

    LEFT

    The Left is terrified that Barrett will overturn abortion rights laws and the rights of the LGBTQ community and called the hearings a “sham.” A contributing opinion writer for The New York Times noted that if a Muslim from a “little-known” sect were in the same position as Barrett for a possible Supreme Court Justice confirmation, Republicans would be singing a different tune:

    “Like most Americans, I am worried that Judge Barrett will use her seat to advance an extreme agenda that will be detrimental to the interests of a majority of people in this country. We fear that, if confirmed, she’ll help the religious Right drag equal rights and progress back 50 years.”

    Wajahat Ali, award-winning playwright and New York Times contributor

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted, “Make no mistake: A vote by any senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to rip away health care from millions in the middle of the COVID pandemic.” Political analyst Jared Yates Sexton argued that “Barrett is both unqualified for the position and is actively obscuring her positions.”

    RIGHT

    The Right praises Barrett and believes her performance during the hearings was anything but a performance: showcasing “her deep legal knowledge,” exemplifying her sincerity, brilliance, and qualifications, and displaying her normal “poised and steady” demeanor. The Wall Street Journal noted that the hearings revealed much about Democrats’ views of the Supreme Court – exposing that they believe it to be a “mini-legislature to achieve policy goals” – and added, “All of this distorts the role of a judge, who has to rule based on what the law is, not on what she would want it to be.”

    “The sole responsibility of the Supreme Court is to ensure the Constitution is upheld, to interpret whether a law or policy is constitutional.  That is why Judge Barrett is an excellent choice for Supreme Court—because she understands and respects that sacred role.”

    Kimberly Flether, Founder of Moms for America

    “Let’s face it: Her qualifications are impeccable, her originalist philosophy now quite mainstream, and her dispassionate and self-possessed temperament the very best one could hope for in a judge,” wrote Erika Bachioacha, a pro-life feminist scholar and senior fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute.

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