Amid much wailing and moaning from Democrats, the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court began Monday.
Among those hoping to thwart her confirmation is Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), who argued that Barrett should be disqualified from the bench due to her “extreme views,” as Fox News reported.
Before Barrett’s confirmation hearing on Monday, Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace on Sunday how he planned to go after the nominee.
“I’m going to be laying out the ways in which Judge Barrett’s views, her views on reaching back and reconsidering and overturning long settled precedent are not just extreme, they’re disqualifying,” Coons said, according to Fox.
He continued, “She has taught at a well-regarded law school, she clerked for Justice Scalia. But she has views that make her not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.”
The senator also falsely claimed that Barrett’s nomination is an instance of “court packing,” an attempt by the Democrat to redefine a phrase that means adding seats to the Supreme Court, not nominating a justice to fill an empty seat which is a process prescribed by the Constitution.
“It’s rushed, it constitutes court-packing, and her views are too extreme to qualify her to serve on this court,” Coons said.
Coons singing a different tune
Contrary to Coons’ insinuation that Barrett’s views will translate to judicial activism on the court, the judge made clear during her opening statement on Monday that she shares the same judicial philosophy as the late Justice Antonin Scalia: judges “must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were.”
During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe less than a week ago, Coons was telling a far different story.
“I think she is qualified as a judge,” the senator told co-anchor Willie Geist. “I think she is going to be an engaging candidate.”
Before Coons gets to utter another word against Barrett, that video should be played side-by-side with his latest comments just to show the duplicity that is alive and well in the Democratic Party.