Kamala Spars with Judge Barrett on Racial Discrimination

Kamala Spars with Judge Barrett on Racial Discrimination

October 15, 2020

During Wednesday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Democrat VP candidate Kamala Harris repeatedly badgered nominee Amy Coney Barrett on whether she agreed with a statement of Justice Roberts that voting discrimination still exists, but Barrett declined to answer.

“Senator Harris, I will not comment on what any justice said in an opinion, whether an opinion is right or wrong, or endorse that proposition,” Barrett said.

“Do you call it a proposition or a fact?” Harris shot back. “Are you saying you don’t agree with a fact?” Barrett again replied, “Senator, I’m not going to make a comment,” and Harris pressed, “Are you saying you refuse to dispute a known fact? Or that you refuse to agree with a known fact?”

Barrett held firm: “Senator, I’m not exactly sure what you’re getting at with asking me to endorse the fact or that any particular practice constitutes voter discrimination. I’m very happy to say that I think racial discrimination still exists in the United States, and I think we’ve seen evidence of that this summer.”

“Do you think voting discrimination exists based on race in America in any form?” Harris said. Barrett replied, “What I mean to say is that I’m not going to express an opinion, because these are very charged issues. They have been litigated in the courts, and so I will not engage on that question.”

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